This project was about seeking to find new ways to effectively integrate and develop support for children and young people. In the end, the project gave rise to new questions that need to be answered.
Strengthening the conditions for vulnerable children to develop as an active agent and / or change their life situation together with the support of other actors, such as schools, social services and more, places completely new and different demands on emergency-driven activities in municipalities. It is therefore crucial that heads of operations and members of social and school boards are able to handle the internal tensions that exist and affirm new thinking when actors from different municipal organizations and professions must jointly act based on the individual child's needs and situation. Particularly necessary are integrated welfare services between administrations such as schools and social services and thereby between professions such as teachers, special educators, social secretaries, administrators and the like. Emergency-run activities in municipalities thus need to review management and organization, in order to find new solutions for support for vulnerable children.
In today's specialized and downtrodden organized municipal administrations, however, there is little room for renewal and innovation of integrated welfare services. Innovation of services, in the sense that resources are combined in a new and more appropriate way, often takes place ad hoc only when serious situations arise in municipal operations. New solutions tend to be tested in project form in addition to regular operations. This without having been preceded by any more extensive acquisition of knowledge regarding the causes of the problems or success factors for dealing with them in the long term.
There is therefore an obvious need for management of innovation in emergency-driven activities for vulnerable children. At the same time, there is limited research on how emergency-driven activities in municipalities can be designed to integrate different administrations and how children can be involved in their role as agent (responsibility for own development) and actor (action subject) when they do not have the same ability to consider as adults.
We need to see all the actors who need to be involved, and we also need to see the child himself as an actor with his own resources and skills. We also need to ask what value we want to create and try to act on that information.
The project is complete, but the results will be disseminated via reports and workshops, including SOF's innovation week 2021.