child welfare institutions
[SHS.EDU] Humanities and Social Sciences/Education
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The symposium will present a planning of a collective project Children at ‘risk’ – at risk children?, and two preliminary inquiries. This project aims at contributing to innovation processes in early childhood education and care (ECEC) by exploring the notion of ‘risk’ in a broad context of ECEC. There is a need for knowledge about how cooperation within and across ECEC institutions, parents and children works. Likewise it is of importance to explore forms of collaboration across other professional partners relating to ECEC, like child welfare services and/or health care systems. ’Risk’ is not only negotiated internally in ECEC institutions. ECEC also takes part in continuous exchanges of ideas and practices connected to early childhood. However, different settings of arguments prove relevant and convincing for different categories of actors being bound to different frameworks of interest and rationalities (Lang & Garrelts 2007). Within a broader project our interest is to understand more about how and in what ways concepts of health as ‘risk’ are constructed and presented for children in the context of kindergarten.