As written about in the latest News letters, the AIEJI project work about social educational work with refugee minors has been in process. The project has now finished and you can find the report here Refugee minor asylum seekers
Members from 16 AIEJI countries have countributed with national information about the target group. 11 social educators from Italy, Israel, Spain and Denmark, working with this group, have been interviewed. 7 unaccompanied refugee minors have been interviewed in Italy and Denmark.
The report contains both empirical and theoretical studies and ends up by giving important messages about 1) social educational work that benefits the unaccompanied refugee minor asylum seekers 2) political priorities every country are obliged to work for and implement due to UN conventions.
A first presentation of the report took place in Helsinki in Finland at the Nordic Conference “Courage in social work” Friday 12th of June: http://www.confedent.fi/nordic2015/programme/workshop-programme/friday-12-6-10-00-11-30/ – workshop 31.
Please do what you can to spread knowledge about the issue by refering to the report in the fora and network you attend. The unaccompanied refugee minors are so very much in need for all the professional alertness they can get.
Ellen Galaasen from Norway has pointed out a very interesting publication: “Children on the move”, International Organization for Migration (IOM) 2013:
Description: Millions of children are on the move, both within and between countries, with or without their parents. The conditions under which movement takes place are often treacherous, putting migrant children, especially unaccompanied and separated children, at an increased risk of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect and violence. Policy responses to protect and support these migrant children are often fragmented and inconsistent and while children on the move have become a recognised part of today’s global and mixed migration flows they are still largely invisible in debates on both child protection and migration.
This publication targets policymakers and practitioners in the field of migration and child protection, along with academics and activists, and sheds light on the situation of migrant children. The publication is the result of a collective effort by a number of specialists from different organizations, was edited by Mike Dottridge (an independent child rights specialist) and includes a foreword by Professor François Crépeau (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants).
Milan Pol from Masaryk University in Czech Republic has called attention to the journal Studio Paedogogica http://www.phil.muni.cz/journals/sp.
There is a call for papers that relates to the field of social education. Please have a look at http://www.phil.muni.cz/journals/index.php/studia-paedagogica/announcement
As you can see “Publications” has become a website category in the left side bar. If you want to share knowledge with others please send me references to journals, books, surveys, projects, thesis, ph.D, research projects – by link or pdf.
Most of the references presented in “Publications” are about children, and more publications about this group could with advantage be added. Only a few references are about young people and adults. Maybe some of you would like to enhance with interesting publications concerning these groups?
Here is another Dutch study on early childhood development and the relation between the parents and professionals.
Early Childhood Development: Practice and Reflection, Making the road as we go – Parents and professionals as partners managing diversity in early childhood education.
Authors: Fuusje de Graaff & Anke van Keulen
Although the report focuses on children in regular childcare it might shed some light on practice also for persons working with children placed in public care.
Download the report here.
Our new board member from Luxembourg, Honoré Grégorius, has sent me this very interesting master thesis from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands about Social support and organisation in Swedish Family Centres and Dutch Youth and Family Centres written by Sanne de Vriers.
“The aim of the present study is to gain insight into how parents benefit from social support in Dutch Youth and Family Centres and Swedish Family Centres. A comparison has led to some recommendations for the Dutch Youth and Family Centres. Professionals and parents in both countries were interviewed. Results showed that the Dutch parents, in contrast to the Swedish parents, did not engage in social contacts in the centre and only benefitted from social support from professionals. Further, Dutch professionals had a different task than Swedish professionals, which contributed to a different approach. The combination of an open preschool, a well-being approach, and professionals with the task to promote the well-being of families seemed to be the most important precondition for a successful centre. These findings led to the recommendation to change the atmosphere in the Dutch Youth and Family Centres from a „problem-oriented‟ to a „supportive-oriented‟ atmosphere. Only then the open preschool could be introduced in the centres.”
If you wish to read the thesis, you can download it here.
Last year, the board of AIEJI decided to contribute financially to the translation of the book Practical Social Pedagogy, written by Norwegian author Jan Storø.
In short, the book aims to show its readers how the theories of social pedagogy are present in practice although many tend to think that the theories are often too abstract and detached from practice.
The book explains how theory and practice are inter-connected and continue to influence one another.
This is how the publisher describes the book:
Social pedagogical work is a field of practice that is indebted to and illuminated by aspects of knowledge from sociology and psychology, but many practitioners feel that social pedagogical theories are too abstract and distant from the challenges faced in practice. In Practical Social Pedagogy Jan Storo shows the reader for the first time how the theories and practices of social pedagogy interlock. The book combines social pedagogy theories, psychology, sociology and social work with a social constructionist perspective to help practitioners guide children and young people to cope better with the challenges they face as they grow up. The author emphasises that the actualities of practice are first disclosed in the meeting between the professional practitioner and the client. The book uses many practical examples to help the application of social pedagogy more accessible and is ideal for students on courses covering work with children.
You can read more and buy the book here.
I am very pleased to announce that AIEJI has made a new publication: The UN Convention on the rights of the Child and Social Education – children placed outside the home.
In September 2012 AIEJI held a seminar in Italy where the paper was discussed. This was a very fruitful seminar that the status of placed children in national legislations and the role of social educators in terms ensuring the rights of children placed outside the home.
The result is now ready, we hope you will find it useful. Please feel free to make a comment of what you think.
To download the paper, go to our page of publications here.
I am happy to announce that our colleagues from the Russian Union of Social Pedagogues have translated our document about professional competences into Russian. It may be a small but nevertheless important step towards defining a framework of our profession and getting it recognised more widely internationally.
As more and more local organisations and unions in different countries around the world have a local version of the document and use it in their everyday work to discuss and define social education we will collectively, step by step, obtain a heightened professional awareness.
So every time our document is translated to a new language is a time to celebrate. Congratulations to our Russian colleagues for their efforts and great work!
Find the Russian translation and the rest of our publications here.