42 / SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Children and Poverty

9 – 16 June 2013        Send to printer


Course directors

Jim Lurie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Torill Tjelflaat, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Caroline Meffan, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Paul de Heer, HAN-University, Netherlands
Philip Mongan, Radford University, United States


Course description:

Children are vulnerable human beings who need care and protection and a childhood with optimal living conditions. The course focuses on protection of children from violence and abuse. Different approaches to prevention, treatment and care for children in need are considered. Attention is given to children and young people of all ages and to problems at the individual, social, and global levels. Factors that can cause problems for children, their families and municipalities are explored as well as methods for assessing these factors. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a central principle for consideration of the above and is emphasised in the discussions of the course.

Children are vulnerable human beings who need care and protection and a childhood with optimal living conditions. The course focuses on ‘Children and poverty’. As in other years the course is linked to the UN-convention on the rights of the child, and more specific on Article 27 of this convention which is about the adequate standard of living:Every child has the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical, social and mental needs. Governments must help families who cannot afford to provide this.

Different approaches to prevention, treatment and care for children in poverty are considered. Attention is given to children and young people and to problems at the individual, social, and global levels. Poverty is related to problems for children, their families and municipalities and to problems of nongovernmental organizations in their way of working. Methods for assessing these factors are discussed.


Course lecturers

James Lurie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Jim Lurie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Torill Tjelflaat, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Caroline Meffan, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Rod Earle, The Open University, UK, United Kingdom
Paul de Heer, HAN-University, Netherlands
Philip Mongan, Radford University, United States


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