Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Designing an international master


Niels Peter Rygaard (Fairstart) has an interesting request about an international master:


Dear friends


We call for your ideas, reflections and suggestions in our design process:


We have started work to design an international master education based in Denmark – to support the rise of professional care systems around the globe, and to produce efficient agents of change and development in child care systems.


A number of EU and volunteer projects in multilingual online care education has led to the idea of designing an international master in a joint cooperation between child psychologist Niels Peter Rygaard, Denmark, the VIAUniversity Aarhus, Denmark, and one or more universities abroad.


The first sketch of ideas for the education, and questions for your comments can be found at  Facebook: , go to the comment “INTERNATIONAL MASTER” and click link to download file. We value your opinion much.


Best from external consultant Niels Peter Rygaard,



Early Childhood Development

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.

Workshop on girls with ADD

Dear friends,


For those of you interested in the workshop “Girls with ADD talk about their learning and social participation on the school environment” by Kristín Lilliendahl, you can download the presentation here.

News from Fair Start

Here are some news from our friends at Fair Start:




In the free online education program for social pedagogues , we continue to create more language versions. I have also designed resource sessions for educating children in exercising their rights, in how to inform children and youth about sexuality and prevention, etc.


You can use these staff education “sessions”. The session concerning educating children in their rights can be found if you click “resources” at


This is our second version of the social pedagogue training program. When tested, it will also be in Russian, Bulgarian, Polish, Latvian and Danish language versions. For more info, go to


PS: For colleagues in Brazil, we have translated the texts of into Brazilian Portuguese, and the book about helping children with attachment problems is here in Portuguese:


Best from Fair Start educations and Niels Peter Rygaard, Denmark

The Rights of Placed Children

Dear all,

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.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Social Education in pratice – the Torino Seminar


In mid-September AIEJI Europe held a seminar about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and social education in practice. At the seminar we discussed children’s rights, as they are stated in the convention, and what they mean for children placed outside the home.

Torino seminar programme


Children placed outside the home enjoy the same universal rights as everyone else but given their unusual situation, being in public care, it is important that authorities, decision makers and people who work directly with the children such as social educators, social workers, teachers or other professionals pay special attention to protecting and respecting the rights of every child they work with.

Central articles of the UN Convention

The seminar showed how children’s rights are incorporated in different national legislations and how the placement of children works in practice using examples from Italy, Switzerland and Denmark.

Italian presentation Swiss presentation Danish presentation


One of the points from the seminar was that there is often a gap between the words of the legislation and actual practice and the seminar discussed what it requires to minimise this gap.

Discussions and conclusions from the Torino seminar (written directly into the presentation so including typos etc.)


AIEJI is currently working on composing a document about the UN Convention on the rights of the child which will include the conclusions and discussions points from the Torino seminar which will hopefully be published by the end of this year.

Child Protection Sytems

In Switzerland they have carried out an international analysis of child protection services in countries with an economic level and social development comparable to that of Switzerland. The analysis led to a comparison of good practices which again have resulted in 14 different recommendations for implementation in Switzerland.


One recommendation is to establish a national standing committee with the aim of producing a National Framework for Child Protection. Another recommendation is to create teams of professionally qualified social workers and introduce Case Planning Meetings where all professionals involved in working with families where there might be child protection issues meet in order to produce a service plan.


Interestingly, in these recommendations Switzerland has collated all the best practices of a range of countries. So, in a way, these are the best of the best practise gathered here in a short, understandable and easy to read publication.


Whether you are from a country comparable to Switzerland or not, you will be inspired.


Read the Swiss paper on Child Protection Systems here.

Criminality or social exclusion?

Justice for children in a divided world

Even before the ‘credit crunch’ of 2008 and the economic crises of 2011, the globalization of neo-liberal economic and fiscal regimes was generating growing social, economic and cultural polarization.

This has resulted in ever increasing numbers of children, young people and families finding themselves located in areas of concentrated social disadvantage on the margins of society where ethnic minority and migrant people are heavily represented.

These circumstances have generated desperation in some and anger in others. They are also a major factor in the emergence of distinctive forms of group offending and public disorder in these neighbourhoods and, more recently, rioting in the major UK cities.

For these reasons it has become necessary to look beyond traditional, individualised approaches to work with young people in trouble and focus instead upon work with groups and the communities in which they live.

This will be the main focus of the 5th biennial conference of the International Juvenile justice Observatory on 6 – 7 november in London.


Read more about the conference here.

Child and Youth Care

For those of you working in child and youth care services I want to highlight the international network of Child and Youth Care, CYC-Net. If you sign up to CYC-Net’s discussion groups you will receive posts and comments on a wide range of topics and issues related to working in child and youth care while you can also post comments and questions and start a discussion yourself.

As such, the network is a great place to meet colleagues from other countries online and share your thoughts, questions and experiences. For example, today there is a post from a woman working at the university of Essex calling out for papers that draw on current projects or recently completed work using oral history and related methods, which address the themes of disrupted and traumatic childhoods. Another post enquires about a certain link to a lecture by Henri Maier. Other topics will relate more directly to everyday practice.

To read more about the Child and Youth Care Network and sign up for their discussion group, please read here.

Being With Edgy Youth

For those of you who work in the area of child and youth care services you may find it interesting to learn that assistant professor Kiaras Gharabaghi of the School of Child & Youth Care, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada has written a book for professionals called “Being With Edgy Youth”.

The book talks about the consequences of conformity and avoiding conflicts in the work with edgy youth and proposes a focus on being present and staying with them through their journey toward adulthood and beyond.

For more details, read here: Being With Edgy Youth.

AIEJI’s 19th World Congress

Aieji 19th World Congress

XIX Congresso

In the President's Report 2017 you can read about AIEJI's work and projects from 2013-2017. You can also read about the coming work programme for the next four years.

Download the report here.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

In the President's Report 2013 you can read about the activities of AIEJI in the last congress period as well as the ideas for the coming work programme in 2013 - 2017.

Download the report here.