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Project: Connected Children: A research centre for knowledge-based prevention

This project aims to build a research center with national and international researchers from various professional fields, with the task of developing models for social prevention for children and adolescents in all parts of the welfare sector. Social prevention intends to tackle social problems early and in a coordinated manner to counteract, for example, health problems, relational problems, crime and poor school outcomes.

Project information

Project manager
Torbjörn Forkby
Other project members
Angelika Thelin and Mats Anderberg, Linnaeus University, and Kari Jess, Dalarna University
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University, Region Kronoberg and the eight municipalities within the region
Planning grant from Forte, Tillämpad välfärdsforskning 2019, The Kamprad Family Foundation 2019
1 Oct 2019–1 Dec 2020
Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, Linnaeus University

More about the project

The Centre will initially be formed around the regional development process “Barnens bästa gäller! i Kronoberg” (BBGiK), with the ambition of launching a number of national intentions on a regional and municipal level. The Scottish model GIRFEC, which has attracted great interest both in Sweden and in other countries, inspires this development process. The intentions of BBGiK involves turning the intentions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice, developing early and coordinated efforts within the welfare sector and creating regional support structures for evidence-based practice.

The goal of building the research center called “Connected Children” is to, over time, include more examples of development work for social prevention nationally and internationally and learn from the many perspectives in and between these efforts, in order to promote knowledge-based models that support the social preventive work. Connected Children will be based on a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation and aims to facilitate mutual and innovative knowledge processes between research, practice and service-users.