International child welfare expert to deliver Herman D. Stein Lecture at Mandel School

Sven HessleSven Hessle, professor of social work at Stockholm University and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Social Welfare, will present “Swedish Child Welfare – Development and Current Challenges” on Thursday, March 21.

Hessle will begin the lecture with a discussion of Sweden’s formerly homogenous culture and its approach to child welfare during the 20th century. He then will fast forward to today, when serious challenges are arising as Sweden becomes an increasingly multiethnic society with migrants representing diverse religious beliefs coming from all corners of the world. Hessle will address this current challenge and conclude with a framework for international comparison of services for children at risk.

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will present the Herman D. Stein Lecture in International Social Welfare on Thursday, March 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 320 of the Mandel School.