Plans and Activities for 2008
The thematic group is a new initiative building on current research and knowledge of several Key Institutions of the Childwatch International network.
The group is planning a seminar which will explore the thematic of how to avoid social exclusion of vulnerable youth in Eastern European countries. This project will address (a) what initiatives, both public and NGO-based are actually taken towards including these groups, (b) what interventions seem helpful, (c) what are possible developments of new initiatives, and (d) how do the different countries succeed in engaging the youth themselves as partners? An important part of the project will be to formulate initiatives that can be disseminated to public and NGO stakeholders in the participating countries, with the aim of establishing a wider network that can continue working on these issues in their respective countries and also collaborate between themselves. Institutions that are members of the Childwatch International network in the region will be invited to participate, but also researchers and stake holders in countries that are not represented in the network will be approached and invited to participate.
Elisabeth Backe-Hansen, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA) email@example.com