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Campaign “Start to Talk” (“Start talking”) Council of Europe to address child sexual abuse in sport

The Council of Europe has outdone with a powerful approach to child sexual abuse in the field of sport with the campaign “Start to Talk” (“Start talking”).

The Council of Europe, through its Division for Children's Rights, And Adolescents It has as a cornerstone of its action to protect children, and adolescents against any kind of violence. It is especially known Lanzarote Convention, the Council of Europe promoted and launched in 2007 as a framework for protecting children, and adolescents against sexual violence, including sexual exploitation, and it is ratified by Spain. In 2010 developed the Bell “One in five” prevention of child sexual abuse among children in 3 a 6 years. We collaborated in this campaign and training materials from Espirales Consulting Children, we have continued to disseminate our formations in different parts of the Spanish geography (and that the Council of Europe itself led us to introduce in Italy Pepa and Javier in Tunisia).

For all this we two, Oven nugget and F. Javier Romeo, We welcome the emergence of this new campaign “Start to Talk” (“Start talking”) against child sexual abuse in the field of sport. With a very clean web, structured in clear and strong messages, around a video that is wonderful is organized:
… for the variety of characters that appear,
… to reflect that there are child victims, girls and adolescents of both sexes,
… to collect they can abuse both men and women, and other children, and adolescents,
… Also visible for children, and adolescents with some kind of special vulnerability (as disabilities),
… by giving a simple key: the responsibility to talk about is the environment adults.

This is all in Spanish, but also includes links to other resources to prevent child sexual abuse in sport, those already in English (including a directory of specialists among which is F. Javier Romeo).

And we love that also has been officially presented today along with campaign materials detection and prevention of child sexual abuse in the field of sport “Child sexual abuse is out of play” #abusofueradejuego we have developed from Espirales CI for the Superior Council of Sports and Youth Sports Foundation in collaboration with UNICEF Spanish Committee. Synergies add resources to move forward.

Watch the video and its power comprobad. And then I spread it. Sure you can have very interesting conversations with children, and adolescents in your environment, and professional.

F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno

Global survey on violence against children “Towards a World Without Violence”

One of the problems we encounter when working in child protection, and adolescents from violence is the conceptualization. Different positions have different concepts of what violence, and specifically what constitutes violence against children. It is a complex issue, in which positions can be based on personal views, cultural beliefs and superficial visions of violence and its consequences. So guides have agreed internationally always provides something solid on which to start building.

Advising on these weeks to an entity that wants to measure violence experienced by children, and adolescents with whom you work I referred to the interesting document Towards a World Without Violence. Global survey on violence against children (Toward a World Free From Violence. Global Survey on Violence Against Children, its full title in English), coordinated by Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence Against Children. In the most recent data it collected (It was published in late 2013) worldwide on violence against children, as it is estimated that between 500 million and 1500 millions of children suffer some form of violence, or the cost of child maltreatment accumulated throughout life is about 124.000 million US dollars annually what includes, eg, the cost related to medical care, Social Protection, the justice system and lost productivity (You can read more details of the economic cost of violence in various countries in the page 19 of complete study in English). But there are also encouraging details, as the increased visibility of this phenomenon and to take measures in this regard in many countries, and as the European Union estimates that Each euro invested in prevention of violence produces a social performance 87 EUR (also on page 19 of complete study in English). Technically very interesting guidance is provided regarding the collection of data, especially pages 81 and 87 of complete study in English.

It is very useful the summary version in Castilian, collecting general data, major progress, the main concerns and challenges and general recommendations including that “Governments must recognize the importance of collecting disaggregated data on violence against children” (in the page 10 of summary).

I hope you find it of interest.


Sexuality is a part of life

Some afternoons, when I go to the park with my daughter, I meet a blind couple and their two children. I think of great courage mother and father decide to be unable to see, More challenging still fears that are common to all of us, parents, as might be lost, falling or getting hurt. Fortunately, increasingly less amazing to see people with disabilities by developing activities of daily life with full normality, overcoming the barriers that society has imposed on those people.

I am also happy to think that these people may have formed a couple, have children, be a family without being influenced by their disability. His image paternity / maternity fully developed form, accompanying their children to the park like any parent, It makes me reflect on the importance for all people sex education, and how this influences our identity.

From birth we are sexual beings, and development of our sexuality (and I do not mean sex) conditions our view of ourselves, our identity, how we relate to others and our well-being. It also allows us to recognize our feelings, when we feel good or are not comfortable with a situation or person, It is a protective element in situations of abuse or violence.

If in most societies still it remains a challenge to talk and support the development of sexuality in our children, much more difficult it is if that child has a disability. The fears, taboos, difficulties in finding appropriate words and gestures are multiplied by the way we parents to understand the ability of sexual development or sexuality of our children.

From Espirales CI we think that the right to sex education must be exercised from the first steps regardless of the condition, either sex, ethnicity or disability, inter. Therefore, we want to spread this material for parents, called “It's part of life” made in Uruguay by the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development next to Sex Education Program ANEP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

The publication contains some basics about sex education, sexuality and gender, promotes the role of the family and provides advice and recommendations concerning sex education work with children with physical and mental disabilities.

Working sex education for children with disabilities is an essential tool for inclusion and to promote full development.


Report on Violence Against Children Child Phone NAAR 2012

ANAR Foundation, we've already recommended in another post, has Phone for Children (900 20 20 10 and 116 111) and other Telephone the Adult and Family (600 50 51 52 and 91 726 01 01), other Phone for Missing Children Cases (116 000) and the E-mail Anar, all dedicated to providing counseling, legal and social of any problems that may affect a child, Nina your teen, with a work from Children Spiral Consulting have supported in various ways.

The Foundation has developed NAAR (as every year) the Report on Violence Against Children Child Phone NAAR 2012, in collecting the statistics of cases treated, varied aspects breakdown by providing an interesting perspective on children and adolescents in Spain.

From CI recommend reading Spirals (is a very short document and structured) to better understand the extent of violence suffered by our children, and adolescents, so that we can come closer to see violence from their eyes, as we proposed in NAAR Foundation the campaign have already recommended.

We expect interesting results.

Joe, Javier, Lucy and David

Child Series “Kipatla” for sensitization against various forms of discrimination

The CONAPRED, National Council to Prevent Discrimination of the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of Mexico, has developed an outreach program for children called Kipatla (the fictional place where all stories are developed called “Change” in the Nahuatl language).

It is a series of chapters featuring children that reflect different forms of discrimination experienced by children from different groups in your country.

The chapters reflect gently but clearly and with a constructive approach to positive resolution different violations of children's rights.

Although the contents are based on the Mexican reality, are videos that can be easily extrapolated to the reality of our countries and families can see easily with children and from there to talk about the different problems.

Apart from this entrance is inserted into more, dealing with a positive approach integrating all aspects (of the sensory motor disabilities, of ethnic or religious differences, disadvantages such as HIV / AIDS or poverty…) . You can see the complete series here. We hope that the fruit of wide conversation on changing vision of the problems faced by children in their everyday and their possible solutions.

Javier and Pepa

Self-esteem as poker chips

The beginning of the year is a time of good intentions. I saw this video on the blog Good deals, we've recommended several times, and I liked that it has a very interesting approach for building self-esteem in children. The rapporteur, Rick Lavoie, is an expert in special education and in a few minutes presents the concept of self-esteem using the image of poker chips. And I find particularly interesting the key phrase of the conference: “Our goal as parents or mothers or as professionals is to get children to bed each day with more poker chips than they did in the morning”. A good goal for us this year…!

Hope you enjoy it as much as the IM.


The difference as wealth

Physical disability, sensory and psychic is a great challenge not only for those who live but for us all, for our society. The difference frightens us, we tested, but also encourages us and makes us better people. But mostly it's as if we would not understand that difference is part of normal, it's normal to be different, because we are each, only that there are differences more visible and obvious than others.

However they are just people whose differences are also the most invisible visible in the different social. In an attempt to control and homogenize society, we have denied equal terms to participate in the same space and the same experiences, as reflected in this video. We have built a society that denies people with disabilities their rights, much more to children with physical disabilities, sensory or psychological.

From Spiral Consulting Children want to share with you this video prepared by ECOM to celebrate its anniversary. And not only for the purposes of work developed, we subscribe, and whose existence is good to celebrate because the celebration has a sentimental value of honor, recognition and appreciation in one. We do the same for the joy that transmit, defending and claim. A joy that we badly need.

We hope you like.
Javier and Pepa

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