43 / SOCIAL WORK WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH


19 – 24 June 2016   print this page

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:

Social work with children and youth within the community

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.

Course directors (alphabetically):

Jim Lurie, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Linda Rothman, HAN – University, Netherlands

TorillTjelflaat, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

2016 Organising directors:

TorillTjelflaat, Norwegian University of Science and Technology –NTNU, Norway

E-mail: torill.tjelflaat@ntnu.no

and

Linda Rothman, HAN – University, Netherlands

E-mail: Linda.Rothman@han.nl

Article 12 in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child aims to safeguard the right of the child to be heard. This article will be emphasized in the presentations. Within social work there are several ways to focus on children's rights. One of the ways to make the child's rights a central goal within social work is to involve the client in the support he/she receives. Client participation and decision-making have become increasingly important in the delivery of community services to children and young people. Empowerment of children and parents is an important goal, but one which raises challenging questions about the appropriate role of professionals, volunteers and the family in service delivery.

In the course we will focus on different kinds of child welfare services to children and youth at local level: community care, home based services, specialised teams etc., and how the concept of empowerment is highlighted in the social work conducted. Among issues to be addressed are client participation, community participation and shared decision making.