PAPER 5a & 5b Children and Youths in Need of Special Support
PAPER 5a & 5b
Children and Youths in Need of Special Support
By Frank Ebsen, Research Manager, Metropol University College, Denmark
The ASP-project uses the term "socially endangered children and youths" to refer to its studied target group. This term is one of more ways of referring to children who receive special attention from adults working in day-care institutions, residential homes and other administrative organs within this field of profession. Other terms in use are "disadvantaged children and youths", "children in placement", "impossible children" or "problem children" etc.
For approximately a decade the term social inheritance was used as the overall concept for governmental research in this area; however, in 2003 field analyses turned the definition very broad and imprecise and, as a consequence, the definition rarely occurs in successive analyses. Moreover, the imprecise definition places great demands on the independence and self-orientation of social educators and pedagogical practitioners. A number of research publications do, however, present central advices and directions for the professionals and their work of identifying and supporting socially endangered children and youths. The author discusses, that the research is often referred to and discussed in specialist journals, at educational institutions and in various fora for social workers. Consequently, this area is characteristic of a very limited critical research mass.