“RECONNECTING PARENTS AND ADOLESCENTS”. DAPHNE II PROGRAM 2004-2008 2004-1/105/YC

Violence (physical, psychological, sexual) exerted against children has been explained by the interaction of variables in relation to the psychological profiles of perpetrators, the family circumstances and the socio-cultural context. Even if the basic principle that guides the intervention, “the defense of the child’s best interests”, may require the immediate removal from their family to protect them, it also involves in many cases a double penalty for the child, who is being separated from his family and socio cultural context. In the family, positive and organizational aspects are mobilized, which may represent in the future new opportunities to strengthen the links that pre-exist, and will remain at the end of the administrative measure. We aim to identify these positive variables, in order to recreate the links between the children and their familiar and social network, enabling relationships that, even though they were once harmful, can provide some benefit for the child in the future.

The years of practical experience of the associations involved in the project, demonstrate the need to worry about the quality of parent child relationship, which often is one the keys of the understanding of the adolescents’ problem. Worrying about the parent child relationship then means: assessing the relationship and working on its maintenance or restoration where possible.

The family separation measure not only involves a change for the child, but also for the the family. The fact that the child is separated from its family has an impact on a number of aspects that have to do with affection, daily life organization, etc. Historically, work has been done on the negative aspects of separation, but it also definitely involves certain variables that may present new opportunities for the restoration of the parent-child relationship. We mainly started out with the idea that when working with the child, its social network is very limited and we must make possible the restoration of these relationships, which even though they have been harmful at some point, can be profitable in the future. To carry out this idea, we hope to expand the current vision of familiar diversity, question gender stereotypes and rigid models of parenting, and generate new models to face and resolve conflicts without family violence.

Our project provides a reflection that will enable the creation of common ground in the design of resources and programs in other European Union countries, in the field of family intervention and with the child’s social network.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
  • Analyze the reasons for the family separation.
  • Analyze family support programs before, during and after the child separation.
  • Analyze the specialized measures following the separation decision.

BENEFICIARIES
  • In priority, children and young people in residential care, who have suffered risk, ill-treatment, right violation situations.
  • Families with serious difficulties in facing and resolving conflicts.

DURATION: 24 months (April 2005 / April 2007) divided into two phases:
  • Phase “A”: Research-action
  • Phase “B”: Pilotage of intervention protocol. Conclusions and publication of Best Practices Guide.

PARTICIPANTS
PROMOTER ASSOCIATION
ASSOCIATION ALTEAA - ESPAÑA ALTEA España
PROJECT PARTNERS
INTERNATIONALER BUND E. V LEIPZIG Germany
PARITÄTISCHES BILDUNGSWERK L V NRW E. V KÖHL Germany
ASOCIACIÓN LOS ARCOS DE ALTEA ALTEA Spain
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE ALICANTE Spain
ASEAC BRIVE France
SAUVEGARDE DE L'ENFANCE - FINISTÈRE QUIMPER France
CESRE REGGIO EMILIA Italy
LANGHE MONFERRATO ROERO MANGO Italy
KAFOS KATOWICE Poland
QUESTAO DE EQUILIBRIO SETÚBAL Portugal



PHASE A – RESEARCH/ACTION. APRIL 2005 / APRIL 2006 The Project is developed in collaboration with professionals and associations from the field of intervention with children and their families of six countries in Europe. This European dimension allows us to know and share inter countries experiences, and reflect on the differences and similarities, which enables the creation of common ground to design a pilot program of intervention with the family and the child’s social network.
In this first phase, the following tasks, envisaged in our research, were carried out:
  • Creation of the national work and research teams.
  • First meeting in Brest – France (May 2005).
  • International Seminar in Altea – Spain (February 2006).
  • Development of a descriptive analysis of childhood protection systems in each participating country.
  • Creation of 30 case sheets of abused children by each association.
  • Discussion on the basis to launch a pilot program in each country.
Obtained results: Best Practices Manual



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