NRT (Nordic Research Network on Care Leavers’ Transition to Adulthood) held their first network meeting in three years on 7 and 8 June 2022. The meeting was in Oslo, in the localities of Oslo Metropolitan University.
21 researchers from all the Nordic countries participated: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Norway. Some had been members since the start in 2009, while other were new to the network. Young researchers, as well as semiretired colleagues, and those in-between, attended the meeting.
The first day started with short presentations of the leaving care situation in each country – on research, the practice situation, and the legislation. The present situation in INTRAC was also presented. After that, ten presentations on leaving care research were given. Many of the presentations were from work in progress. They were all discussed with great enthusiasm.
The arranging committee invited to dinner at a restaurant in the city of Oslo on the night between the two days of the meeting.
Such an event as this, gives the possibility for informal comparative investigations, which always are interesting. Given the relatively similar welfare models in the Nordic countries, one could believe that practice, legislation, and research on leaving care also would be quite similar. This is not the case, however, and here we find one of the reasons that the exchanges within the network are so interesting.
The meeting was regarded very positively by all the participants. The next meeting will be in the spring of 2023, most probably in Iceland.