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Marie KöhlerMARIE KÖHLER

Barn som far illa – ett samhällsperspektiv

Vad har samhället för betydelse för barn som far illa – som bakgrundsfaktor, och för upptäckt och stöd? Hur agerar professionella när barn far illa tillsammans med sin familj? Utgångspunkten är barns rättigheter och erfarenheter från Malmö, en segregerad stad i södra Sverige.

Marie Köhler är barnläkare med mångårig erfarenhet av utvecklingsarbete inom barnhälsovård nu som verksamhetschef för Kunskapscentrum för barnhälsovård i Region Skåne i södra Sverige. Marie har länge arbetat med och engagerat sig för flyktingbarn och hemlösa barn i Malmö. Hon forskar om familjehemsplacerade barns hälsa och upptäckt av barn som far illa och är en av de drivande i Svenska barnläkarföreningens arbetsgrupp för barn som far illa. Marie är en av författarna till boken ”Leva med barn” som riktar sig till nyblivna föräldrar. Hon är kommissionär i Kommissionen för hållbar social utveckling och jämlik hälsa i Malmö Stad.

KRISTIN SKJØRTEN

Barneloven, omsorgssvikt og vold

Barneloven setter en rettslig standard for hva som er akseptabel atferd fra foreldre. Dette kommer særlig til uttrykk i samværs-og barnefordelingssaker. Hva legger retten vekt på i vurderinger av foreldresomsorgsevne? Hva kjennetegner saker hvor retten mener at foreldre mangler omsorgsevne? Hvordan vurderes vold i familien med hensyn til samvær med barn? Og -hvilken betydning har etnisitetog kultur i slike saker?

Kristin Skjørten er Forsker I ved Nasjonalt kunnskapssenter om vold og traumatisk Stress og professorved Institutt for offentlig rett, Universiteteti Oslo (professor at Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo). Skjørten har i en årrekke forsket på temaer som omhandler vold i familien, samlivsbrudd og barnefordeling. De senere årene har hun vært tilknyttet barneretten ved Universitetet i Oslo som professor II.

DR. ASH CHAND

Child Protection and Minority Ethnic Children:  Lessons from the UK

The presentation will consider the statistical evidence base that suggests inequality in the child protection system in the UK in the way it responds to children from different ethnic backgrounds;

  • Research evidence from studies about how the CP system responds to minority ethnic children;
  • Child abuse fatalities involving minority ethnic children and the subsequent reforms of the child protection system in the UK;
  • Specific issues on language and culture;
  • Culturally sensitive assessments and interventions for minority ethnic children and families;
  • How to improve the process and outcomes of the child protection system to redress the balance for minority ethnic children and families.

Dr. Ash Chand is Head of strategy and development with a national children’s organisation in the UK for the protection of cruelty to children.  Responsible for child protection policy, research and practice as it affects minority ethnic children.  Prior to working for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), I worked for the Government Office to identify ways of improving children’s services in England, specifically on the recruitment and retention of social work professionals in child protection services.  I have also spent over ten years as a social work academic in various UK universities teaching, researching and publishing in the field of child protection and minority ethnic children.  I began my career as a social work practitioner.

JÓNÍNA EINARSDÓTTIR

Upbringing and abuse of children: Historic and cultural perspective

Upbringing strategies vary with time and space. What may be considered a rightful punishment in one society or during a certain period of time may be illegal in another. Likewise, the line between culturally-acceptable punishment and violence against children is sometimes blurred. For instance, in 1746 laws on upbringing were passed in Iceland that obliged parents to punish their children physically for noncompliance. Today such punishment is impeachable. In this presentation upbringing of children will be examined in an historic and cultural perspective with particular focus on Iceland.

Jonìna Einarsdòttir is Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Iceland. Her main fields of research interests are Anthropology of Children, Medical Anthropology and Development. Prof. Einarsdóttir has conducted extensive fieldwork in Guinea-Bissau and Iceland, and had shorter assignments in Mozambiqueand Malawi.

TALLI UNGAR FELDING

The Difficulties of Adolescents from Ethnic Minorities in Denmark, their Parents’ Use of CorporalPunishment, and the Difficulties of Danish Social Authorities in handling Cases of Child abuse and Neglect in Families from Ethnic Minorities

Child abuse is illegal in Denmark; regardless of ethnicity.Children’s personality development depend on basal psychological conditions common to all human cultures.

The presentation will focus on two studies: 1) An analysis of psychosocial factors associated with criminal behavior in adolescent boys from immigrant families in Denmark; and 2) the difficulties experienced by Danish schools and Social Authorities when trying to help adolescent girls from immigrant families who were threatened, enforced or corporally punished by their families.

Talli Ungar Feldig is authorized psychologist, Cand. Psych., approved by Dansk Psykologforening as Specialist and Supervisor in Psychotherapy. Since 1985 Ungar Felding have been working at Psykologisk Center, an outpatient clinic specialized in psychological examination and treatment of adolescents referred from the social authorities. Ungar Felding has also published articles on immigrant adolescents, culture and criminal behavior (see www.psykologisk-center.dk)

JUKKA MÄKELÄ

Sharing the burden of parenting under multicultural stress: primary prevention of child abuse and neglect

The presentation will give an overview of the development of resilience in children in relation to parenting, and of the development of parenting under the various stressors of multicultural adaptation. The presentation will describe human parenting as a shared project, the stress brought by the experience of not belonging, and the risk of abuse and neglect this creates. The presentation will conclude with some practical implications for programs aimed toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Jukka Mäkelä is MD, Child Psychiatrist, Child and parenting psychotherapist. He is Development Manager; Child, Adolescent and Family Services Unit National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland. Mäkelä is a Child Psychiatrist and a father of two with an interpersonal and evolutionary approach to development of both child and parenting. He have specialized in translating multidisciplinary developmental science into every day practice in the various contexts of childhood.

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