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Online training on preventing child sexual abuse with F. Javier Romeo for the Council of Europe in Ukraine and Slovenia

[Post in Spanish. Click here to read the English version].

These past weeks I have been facilitating some very intense training for the prevention of child sexual abuse for the Council of Europe, as new collaborations with the Council of Europe.

In 2010 and 2011 Pepa Horno and I we support the launch of the Bell “One in five”, with specific materials using the book Kiko and the Hand and with formations here in Spain. In 2017 I also facilitated some sessions in Tunisia. And in 2019 and 2020 I was doing training in the Republic of Moldova with the methodology that Pepa and I had developed, Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, and the manual was released in November 2020 (with a full English version for Moldova and with a master version in english, without the legal elements at the state level, so that it can be adapted to other countries).

Of the 22 the 24 September 2021, the project “Combating violence against children in Ukraine” (“Fighting violence against children in Ukraine”) organized a online training for specialists, that I facilitated with the support of the Council of Europe coordination team and national experts. We hope to have the manual in its approved version in Ukrainian soon..

And from 29 from september to 1 October 2021 I was facilitating other online training for specialists within the framework of the joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe “Supporting the establishment of Barnahus in Slovenia” (“Support for the establishment of Children's home in Europe”). In this case, the manual is now available in Slovenian.

Pepa and I congratulate the Council of Europe for its commitment to this wonderful campaign and its support materials, and for continuing to count on our contributions and that we facilitate training sessions. We hope to see the manual translated and adapted to other languages ​​and countries soon..

In celebration,

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma

Online training sessions for the prevention of child sexual abuse “Protective Teachers, Protected Children” with F. Javier Romeo for the Council of Europe

[English input. See the Spanish version here].

In these last weeks I have been facilitating some very intense training sessions for the prevention of child sexual abuse for the Council of Europe, as new instances of our collaboration with the Council of Europe.

In 2010 and 2011 Pepa Horno and I supported the launch of the campaign “One in Five”, with specific materials using the book Kiko and the Hand and with training sessions here in Spain. In 2017 I facilitated some sessions in Tunisia. In 2019 and 2020 I facilitated sessions in the Republic of Moldova with the methodology Pepa and I had developed, Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, and the Guidelines were presented in November 2020 (with a full version in English for Moldova and a master version in English, without the legal aspects of the state, so that it can be adapted to other countries).

From September 22nd to 24th 2021, the project “Combating violence against children in Ukraine” organized an online training for trainers, that I facilitated with the support of the Council of Europe coordination team and the national experts. We are hoping to have the guidelines soon in the approved version in Ukrainian.

And from September 29th to October 1st 2021, I facilitated another online training of trainers in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint project “Supporting the establishment of Barnahus in Slovenia”. In this case, the Guidelines are already available in Slovenian.

Pepa and I congratulate the Council of Europe for its commitment to this wonderful campaign and its supporting materials, and for counting on us to deliver training sessions. We hope to see the Guidelines translated and adapted to other languages and countries soon.

In celebration,

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma

“Losing forgiveness for not knowing how to look and not wanting to see” article by Pepa Horno for the BBK Family program

Image from the article on the BBK Family blogThe article that they raised me from BBK Family it was quite a challenge. Talk about the forgiveness that as families we can ask victims of child sexual abuse, to the kids, girls and adolescents who are living it and we do not know how to detect yet, and the inner child that lives within so many men and women that society did not know how to see, those he called sick, crazy and liars; sick, crazy and liars.

I've tried to talk about that shaking feeling, of emptiness, of fragility that invades us when we begin to be aware of something that we have denied, minimized or even ridiculed. And that is happening to us as a society with violence against children and especially with child sexual abuse..

Since CI Spirals we have talked a lot about this topic, how social change is a reality, that impunity for offenders is beginning to decrease and how this is the truly effective way to end any form of violence. They are not the strategies that we implement with the victims or with those who attack, but the generation of a safe and protective environment created by the people who witness or intuit it and decide to act. It is silence that makes trauma possible, as it says Begoña Aznárez, and ending that silence is an essential condition to eradicate violence.

But to break that silence, the society, families have to do a process of consciousness that hurts. That process by which teachers, when you shape them, put names and surnames, and above all they put a face to what you explain. “But I had a boy like that last year in class“, “That girl did that…”. That process that neighbors do when it is discovered that a child has been abused, or appears murdered, those who saw him play in the park, those whose children shared class with him or her. And we think of that sad look, in those dark circles, in that girl who lived in a protection center and the educators saw how she always trembled when a door was closed. The same girl who insulted them and said “pass them”. And in so many other faces that we begin to see when we learn to look.

Asking for forgiveness means honoring and naming the pain of those who have suffered. Giving it a name makes it real. That is why it is necessary and legitimate. And it carries a commitment. An option that doesn't always come, but as a society we need to break the silence.

Years ago I posted a article here in which he spoke of two phases of forgiveness: affective integration of lived experience, your acceptance, and a second, rebuilding the link. The first is part of the grieving and recovery process.. The second is a personal choice that can never be forced or set as a condition in a healing process.. Victims of child sexual abuse have the right to forgive and unforgive, and both can be protective decisions. But they should never consider forgiveness if they do not live in a trustworthy society.. Y, for the moment, we are only on the way to be.

Consciousness leads us to know how to look. And see hurts. Asking for forgiveness is the first step to being trustworthy.

Pepa Horno

“The look at the educational space: a proposal of indicators to evaluate nursery schools as safe and protective environments”: Pepa Horno's article in the Aula de Infantil magazine

The focus of protection work has changed in recent years, moving from understanding protection as the eradication of any form of violence against children, girls and adolescents to a comprehensive model that includes protection as the generation of a safe and protective environment that guarantees the full development of the child. And the full development of a child goes far beyond their right not to suffer any form of violence..

From this understanding, the look at the environment changes. The environment becomes a constitutive element of the intervention we do in any field. The intervention is a relational experience that is also determined by the place where it takes place. The place where we are gives meaning to the intervention. And that said environment is safe and protective becomes the essential condition to guarantee the protection of children, and adolescents.

Thus, from CI Spirals we have been promoting a indicator model that serve to evaluate the environments where children live, girls and adolescents to know if they are safe and protective environments, as well as to promote the changes and improvements necessary to achieve that. Their homes, the schools, the leisure spaces, the spaces of the municipality, the sport zones, health centers and hospitals, the protection homes, spaces for social intervention, the police stations or the courts, among many others, are spaces that must be evaluated from this perspective.

Portada de la Revista Aula de Infantil, 111, septiembre 2021Article “The look at the educational space: a proposal of indicators to evaluate nursery schools as safe and protective spaces” that has been published in the Aula de Infantil Magazine this September 2021, develops this system of indicators focused on nursery schools. The objective is to provide those responsible for the management and direction of nursery schools with a system of indicators that allow them to evaluate those that already exist and incorporate them into the design of those that are planned in the future..

This system of indicators generates what is most important to us: a conscious look at space as part of an inclusive and protective educational process. I hope that the article that we disseminate today can be a useful tool to generate that look.

Pepa Horno

Pepa Horno online conference: “Consciousness, outdoor and network” in the “INSPIRA Conference: the challenges of education today” organized by CEP Cantabria on 13 May 2021

Cartel de las "Jornadas INSPIRA: los retos de la educación hoy" de CEP CantabriaOnline conference “Consciousness, outdoor and network” provided by Pepa Horno Goicoechea within the framework of INSPIRA Conference: the challenges of education today organized by the Teacher Centers (POCKET) Cantabria.

Date: Thursday, 13 May 2021, the 17:30 a 19:30.

Online.

More information and registration before 26 April 2021 on the web page of the Cantabria Teacher Centers event.

[Original Entry 13 April 2021, updated 13 May 2021, date of the event].

Project “Renewing from within”

Portada del documento "Renovando desde dentro"Sometimes life brings unexpected gifts.

At the beginning of the pandemic we were invited to participate in a group of people who have been cause for hope in these difficult times. Alberto Rodríguez and Javier Múgica took the initiative, and they invited us to the rest: Antonio Ferrandis, Marta Llauradó, Javier Soriano Romeu and, from CI Spirals, although in a personal capacity, Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo Biedermann. It is a group of people involved with the welfare of children, girls and adolescents who are in the protection system in Spain. What started as a series of online chats eventually evolved into an informal working group. And a year later we have the honor of presenting the results in a document that we have written collaboratively. We present them Renewing from within. Seven challenges and proposals to improve the child protection system in Spain.

And we invite you to download them The document, to read it and to send comments, ideas and proposals. Since the official website of the initiative we will continue to expand each of the proposals over the next few months. See you on that website.

With hope and awareness,

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Affective-sexual education guide for adolescents “Dare to feel, dare to take care and take care of yourself” prepared by Itziar Fernández and Pepa Horno for the Burgos City Council


Since CI Spirals, we understand affective-sexual education as a human right of children, and adolescents; but also, as a preventive factor that contributes to promoting healthy physical and mental development from an early age.

Our body is a source of communication, affection, tenderness and pleasure. We are sexed beings and sexuality is a dimension of the human being from birth to death, there is enormous variability in the ways of living it, to express it, in the ways of being and relating.

There are many reports and investigations that have been warning of the problems associated with the consumption of pornography from an early age and its relationship with the perpetuation of gender violence in young couples and the increase in sexual violence both within and outside the couple.

When these and these teens have been asked, They report that they turn to the internet and their friends to solve all their doubts related to sexuality; and complain that school educational programs are fundamentally focused on the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, something that is necessary, but insufficient to understand the wide range of elements that make up a healthy affective-sexual and couple relationship.

And they are right: From educational contexts we have been addressing affective-sexual education treating different topics as if they were watertight compartments: we talk about stereotypes, gender violence, affective-sexual diversity, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, leaving aside very important aspects.

The first part of your own denomination: education AFFECTIVE-sexual and everything that has to do with desire, eroticism and pleasure. With the arrival of adolescence, desire and sexual attraction are gaining ground. Body and hormonal changes are imposed and can generate a lot of uncertainty and insecurity. This can affect our self-esteem, and a fundamental step to be able to live our affective relationships in a safe and pleasant way is to feel good inside our own body. Pleasure is in the mind, and this is about loving and accepting us first.

The culture of the image and the bombardment of differential stereotypes for boys and girls through the networks does not help at all, quite the opposite, transmits an image of a "unique model" where they must fit in to feel accepted.

On the other hand, the way we express or live our sexuality is unique and personal. Diversity is part of human nature and there are as many ways of feeling and living as people on the planet. Questions arise like: “How is my body?”, “Who I am?”, “Who attracts me?”, “How do I show myself to the world?”. Approach diversity with respect for individuality, assuming a social responsibility to stop machismo, lgtbiphobia and transphobia will allow us to contribute to the establishment of more egalitarian relationships and to the fact that adolescence can be experienced with greater freedom.

Starting from this base, we want boys and girls to be able to clearly differentiate what an affective relationship is (you, free, safe and reciprocal) of a harmful relationship where we can fall into abusive models. That is why we have to talk about respect and care. Since CI Spirals today we spread the Affective-sexual education guide: Dare to feel, dare to take care and watch over you we have prepared Itziar Fernández Cortés and Pepa Horno Goicoechea for him Burgos City Council with illustrations of Patricia corrales, and that addresses affective-sexual education from this perspective, uniting the affectivity, sexuality and protection. We have written it in a direct and simple language so that it can be read directly by adolescents between 13 and 18 years, with some relevant information also for families.

We hope that your pages can be a material where adolescents find an answer to their curiosity., calling things by name, and highlighting the indivisible union between sexuality, affection, placer, respect and intimacy.

Itziar Fernandez and Pepa Horno

Conscious coffee: online presentation of the book “Metaphors for consciousness” by Pepa Horno on 14 December 2020

Conscious coffee: an online book presentation event Metaphors for consciousness by its author, Pepa Horno Goicoechea, and his illustrator, that Zaida escobar (see Zaida Escobar's account on Instagram), in moderation of F. Javier Romeo, organized from Spiral Consulting Children in collaboration with the Editorial Desclée De Brouwer.

Date: Monday 14 December 2020, the 15:00 a 16:00 (Madrid / Mallorca time).

Place: online activity.

The event will be held through the Zoom platform.

[Original Entry 02 December 2020, updated 14 December 2020, date of the event].

New training manual on prevention of child sexual abuse in Early Childhood Education, by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno for the Council of Europe

[Post in Spanish. Read the post in English here].

The manual has just been released Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, written by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea and published by the Council of Europe. It is a satisfaction for both of us to share this new tool that provides guidance to facilitate workshops for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

We have prepared this document for the Council of Europe in the context of the project “Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova” (“Combat violence against children in the Republic of Moldova), but it is based on our experience of many years. It is linked to the materials of the Bell “One in Five” (“One in five”) Council of Europe, in which we participate in 2010 and 2011 developing materials and conducting training. Later, Javier provided trainings for the Council of Europe in Tunis in 2017. And within the framework of this latest project, Javier has facilitated a training in Chișinău in October 2019 and has supervised a training of trainers facilitated by Moldovan experts from CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse) with this methodology in January 2020 (you can read more about these formations here). The final phase of this process has been to develop this manual, which contains in itself the basic elements to implement a Training of Trainers and Trainers:

  • Chapter 1: an introduction to the methodology.
  • Chapter 2: the concept of child sexual abuse and its types.
  • Chapter 3: the consequences and indicators of child sexual abuse.
  • Chapter 4: a script for a training for Early Childhood Education professionals.
  • Chapter 5: the activities that need to be carried out with the Early Childhood Education teachers so that they can develop the fundamental skills.
  • Chapter 6: activities that teachers can do with boys and girls in their own classes.
  • Chapter 7: some final thoughts.
  • Chapter 8: references to other resources: documents, videos and web pages.

Currently the manual is available only in English, but we hope to have it translated into other languages ​​in the future.

This manual was released online last week, with the participation of relevant authorities of the Council of Europe, of the Republic of Moldova and Javier.

We hope you find it useful.

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea

“Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse” by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno for the Council of Europe

[English input. Read the Spanish version here].

The manual Kiko and the Hand. Training for Trainers Manual. Protective Teachers, Protected Children: Preschool Training to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, written by F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea and published by the Council of Europe has just been made public. It is a satisfaction for both of us sharing this new tool that provides guidelines for the facilitation of workshops for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

This document has been created for the Council of Europe in the context of its project “Combating violence against children in the Republic of Moldova”, but it draws from our experience of many years. It is linked to the materials of the campaign “One in Five” of the Council of Europe, in which we took part in 2010 and 2011 developing materials and providing trainings. Later on, Javier provided trainings for the Council of Europe in Tunisia in 2017. And in this project Javier facilitated a training in Chișinău in October 2019 and supervised a training of trainers facilitated by Moldovan experts from the CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse) with this methodology in January 2020 (more about these trainings here). The final stage of this process has been elaborating this manual, that contains in itself all the basics for implementing a Training of Trainers:

  • Chapter 1: an introduction about the methodology.
  • Chapter 2: the concept of child sexual abuse and its types.
  • Chapter 3: the consequences and indicators of child sexual abuse.
  • Chapter 4: an outline of a training for kindergarten teachers.
  • Chapter 5: the activities that need to be done with teachers in order to develop the competences required.
  • Chapter 6: the activities that teachers can do with children in their own classrooms.
  • Chapter 7: an afterword.
  • Chapter 8: the references to other resources, documents, videos and websites.

Currently it is only in English, but we are expecting to have this book translated into other languages in the future.

This manual was presented online last week, with the participation of relevant authorities of the Council of Europe, of the Republic of Moldova and of Javier.

We hope that you will find it useful.

F. Javier Romeo-Biedma and Pepa Horno Goicoechea

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