1 – 7 June 2014        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
Paul de Heer, HAN-University, Netherlands
Philip Mongan, Radford University, United States

Course description:

Most children grow up in situations where their needs are fulfilled and where they have caring adults keeping them safe. Unfortunately, many other children are living in vulnerable situations where risk for maltreatment is high. Some reasons for this are: insufficient caring from parents or other caregivers, inadequate living conditions, poverty, substance abuse, violence, and health problems. Many countries also offer poor living conditions for their inhabitants, and many developed countries are in the middle of a severe economic recession which has the potential to negatively affect the living conditions for children and their families.

Young people represent a particular vulnerable group. Early intervention with children and families in vulnerable situations is important to prevent severe problems from beginning or reoccurring throughout their lives. Many parties are responsible for this, including: families, the children themselves, professionals, communities, schools, kindergartens, voluntary organisations, and so on. This course will focus on how to identify, assess, and respond to these children and families, as well as ways to respond to their needs, including inter agency cooperation and engagement in social work.

The UN Convention of the rights of the child is a central principle for the course, and will be emphasised in the presentations and throughout the course.

Recommended reading:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)


Those interested in taking any of the courses may register with the IUC secre-tariat, school organising director, course organising director and/or any of the course directors by providing name, address, academic standing and affiliation.

2 ECTS are awarded for participation, 5 ECTS for participation with active partici-pation (slides or abstract), 10 ECTS for active participation and published report and 15 ECTS for active participation and a published reviewed academic article. ECTS are awarded and certified by course directors. However, it is the participants’ responsibility to make the arrangements with the home establishment for validation of the credits awarded if such an arrange-ment does not already exist.

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