The purpose of this study is to analyse the way young people who were institutionalised in so called special youth-homes experienced, defi¬ned and iterpreted on the one hand the project “Motverka Våld och Gäng” (meaning: “Counteract Violence and Gangs”), and on the other hand the Coordinators employed in this project.
There is a big variation in the perception of the coordinators. One com¬mon denominator is that the commission of Coordinator and the context in wich the Coordinator acts seems to be flexible enough for one individual to play the role in many different ways. It is only when the specific Coordinator selects an activ, prompt, independent, personal and relatively strong characterization of the role that he or she obtain a chance to have an impact. The personal aspect of the relationship between the young and the Coordinator is depicted as important and it seems as if it plays an important role in the care-giving chain.