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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

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

Taller online “Finding the felt sense with objects: a way to interact with the inner parts” given by F. Javier Romeo at the International Conference on Focusing Guided Therapy El 23 October 2020

Workshop "Finding the felt sense with objects: a way to interact with the interior parts " given by F. Javier Romeo in the International Online Focusing Guided Therapy Conference (International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference), a practical way for psychotherapists from all over the world to learn about the tools of this type of therapy, and F. Javier Romeo employs in his practice of psychotherapy face-to-face in Madrid and by videoconference.

Date: Friday 23 October 2020, 09:00-11:00 on New York time (15:00-17:00 in Madrid time) (you can check the schedule in other time zones here).

Place: online.

Language: the workshop will be in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.

More information about the workshop on F's personal page. Javier Romeo, True Connection More, and español and English.

Official information and registration: website of the International Conference on Focusing Guided Therapy (the International Focusing-Oriented Therapy Conference).

[Original Entry 9 October 2020, updated 23 October 2020, date of the event].

“Beyond survival. How to improve the intervention in Europe with unaccompanied and separated migrant children who are left outside the protection system”, by F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno for UNICEF

[Read the English version clicking here.]

Unaccompanied and separated migrant children face multiple difficulties. Like boys and girls, they are not usually heard. As immigrants, it is often considered that “they have fewer rights. Like boys and girls without affective references, they have to face the lack of protection on the part of the institutions that should protect them. And as boys and girls who are left outside the protection system and who can sometimes resort to any way of life to survive, they are often the target of hate speech and narratives that dehumanize them. But, We need to remember that they are boys and girls who have suffered adverse experiences and who deserve safe interventions that guarantee their human rights.

As a contribution to consolidate solid interventions and respectful narratives, We are proud to present this document that we have prepared from Espirales Consultoría de Infancia:

Although the two of us, F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno we are its authors, This publication tries to collect all the findings of the International Workshop that took place in Madrid in December 2019, that Javier helped facilitate. We had the contributions of specialists from Spain, French, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Norway, Netherlands and Sweden in Europe and Morocco in Africa. We also have the coordination of UNICEF Spain and UNICEF France, with the support of UNICEF's PFP Division. Our thanks for everything you shared., for their knowledge and for their experience. We hope the document will honor your generosity and commitment..

We have structured the text with three goals in mind, each of which is addressed in a chapter:

  1. Be clear about the “Fundamental principles and main risks faced by unaccompanied and separated children living on the street”.
  2. Get a complete perspective on a “Call to action: towards an integrative model of intervention for the care and protection of unaccompanied boys and girls living on the street”, exploring four levels of intervention (address legal and documentation aspects; promote and develop safe and protective environments; provide affective references to boys and girls; and build new narratives with and about unaccompanied migrant children living on the street).
  3. Provide inspiration through “Selected positive practices”, a compilation of specific interventions and programs that have worked at each of the levels proposed in the Chapter 2.

We hope that this document will help professionals and activists to develop new narratives and increasingly comprehensive interventions.. In this way, it will be possible to ensure that these children have full access to their rights., as the title says, beyond survival.

F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno

“Beyond Survival. Improving intervention in Europe with Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children who fall through the protection system”, by F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno for UNICEF

[Click here to read the Spanish version].

Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children face multiple difficulties. As children, they are seldom listened to. As migrants, they are considered as “with less rights”. As children without affective referents, they face defencelessness from the official institutions that should protect them. And as children that fall through the protection system and that can sometimes resort to any way of living in order to survive, they are often the target of hate speech and dehumanizing narratives. However, we need to remember that they are children who have suffered severe experiences and who deserve safe interventions that ensure their human rights.

As a contribution for the consolidation of sound interventions and respectful narratives, we are proud to present this document that we have elaborated from Espirales Consultoría de Infancia:

Although we, F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno are its authors, this publication tries to summarize all the findings of the International Workshop held in Madrid in December 2019, that Javier co-facilitated. We had the inputs of experts from Spain, France, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden in Europe and Morocco in Africa. We also counted with the coordination from UNICEF Spain and UNICEF France, with the support of the UNICEF PFP Division. We are grateful to all their sharings, their knowledge and their experience. We hope that the document will be able to honour their generousity and their commitment.

We have created this text with three goals in mind. They are addressed in each of the chapters:

  1. Having clarity about the “Key principles and risks faced by unaccompanied and separated children living in the street.”
  2. Envisioning a “Call for action: towards an integrative model of intervention for the care and protection of unaccompanied children in the street,” exploring four levels of intervention (addressing documentation and legal aspects; ensuring safe and protective environments; providing affective references; and building new narratives with and about unaccompanied migrant children living in the streets).
  3. Providing inspiration with “Selected positive practice,” a collection of specific programmes and interventions that have worked for each of the levels proposed in Chapter 2.

We hope that this document will help professionals and activists to develop new narratives and more integrated interventions. Those narratives will ensure that these children have full access to all their rights, as the title goes, beyond survival.

F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno

Training of trainers in prevention of child sexual abuse in Moldova by F. Javier Romeo

[Post in Spanish. Read the post in English]

Since summer 2019 I have been involved in a new project of the Council of Europe in the Republic of Moldova, a project that aims to improve training in the prevention and detection of child sexual abuse in this country.

For me it was very interesting to collaborate again with the Council of Europe in this topic. My first collaboration with the Council of Europe was the development of materials Bell “One in five” and its launch in Spain during 2010 and 2011. Then came training for professionals in Tunisia 2017 and collaboration 2018 with the launch of the Bell “Start to Talk”, related campaign of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Spain “Child sexual abuse is out of play”.

Last October 2019 I had the honor to facilitate formation of expert trainers for kindergarten teachers in Chişinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. Then I had the opportunity to train professionals who will continue to train kindergarten teachers in prevention and detection, in line with the work that has been carrying out the Council of Europe working with the government of the Republic of Moldova and the CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse).

A few days trip back to Chişinău ago to oversee a training of trainers in the methodology that was used had developed Pepa Horno and I. It was a pleasure to see the magnificent professional CNPAC adapting the methodology to their own styles and to the specificities of Moldova. I could also reflect on my own way of conveying, and I found key to further progress in the development of materials.

There remain some final products of this project, I keep informing them.

F. Javier Romeo

Training of trainers for the prevention of child sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova by F. Javier Romeo

[English input. See the entry into Castilian]

Since summer of 2019 I have been involved in a new project of the Council of Europe in the Republic of Moldova that aims to improve the training in prevention and detection of child sexual abuse in this country.

For me it has been very interesting collaborating once more with the Council of Europe in this issue. I first collaborated with the Council of Europe in the development of materials for the campaign “One in five” and its launch in Spain during 2010 and 2011, a training for professionals in Tunisia in 2017 and the collaboration in 2018 with the campaign “Start to Talk”, related to the campaign of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports “Child Sexual Abuse stays offside”.

Last October 2019 I had the honour of facilitating a Master Training of Trainers for kindergarten teachers in Chişinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova. Then I had the opportunity of training professionals who will continue training kindergarten teachers about the prevention and detection, in line with the work that the Council of Europe has been doing in collaboration with the public administrations of the Republic of Moldova and with the CNPAC (National Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, the National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse).

Some days ago I travelled back to Chişinău in order to supervise a Training of Trainers using the methodology Pepa Horno and I had developed. I was very satisfied watching the great professionals of the CNPAC making adaptations of the methodology to their own styles and to specificities of Moldova. I reflected about my own way of transmitting, and I discovered new keys for the elaboration of materials.

There are some final products expected in this project, I will keep you informed.

F. Javier Romeo

“Promotion of safe and protective environments” and “Conscious Affectivity as Professional Competence”: two guides created for SOS Children’s Villages (SOS Children's Villages) in Latin America and the Caribbean

Developing in environments that provide and ensure protection, as well as in spaces that include their particularities and allow them to grow in an integral manner with warm and affectionate coexistence are vital rights for children, adolescents and the youth. That is why protective environments are the main condition for the child’s full development and for the full implementation of children’s rights in every area of their lives. Any organization or institution working with children (alternative care centres, educational centres, schools, hospitals…) should ensure the promotion of safe environments to ensure child care and protection.

The manual Promotion of safe and protective environments at SOS Children’s Villages in Latin America and the Caribbean has been created by Espirales CI for SOS Children´s Villages Regional Office (click here to read the original in Spanish, Promoting safe and protective environments in SOS Children's Villages in Latin America and the Caribbean). It has been developed to create an evaluation system of indicators to know if an environment is a protective environment or not. It can be used to evaluate the environments in which children are already living or to design new environments. And it is based on four levels:

  • Level 1: a protective and safe physical environment.
  • Level 2: a protective and safe emotional environment.
  • Level 3: the team, conscious adults that provide and maintain the protective and safe environment.
  • Level 4: the prominence of the people living in the environment, including the prominence of children and young people.

But an environment will never be a protective environment if it is not a warm and affective environment. And the duty of creating this warmth belongs to adults in charge of children: the team. So, to ensure the level 3 of protective environments we need to promote the Conscious Affectivity as a Professional Competence. Any professional working with people, specially working with people who are suffering and over all, children who are suffering, need to be affective with them to make them feel safe and cared for. In this way they will recover integrally, and, talking about children, we will ensure their best development. Conscious affectivity is a professional competence and part of the professional duties working in any protection area.

The manual Conscious affection as an organizacional competence at SOS Children´s Villages in Latin America and the Caribbean is a guide to promote conscious affectivity as professional competence in any institution or organization that works with children (click here to read the original in Spanish, Conscious affectivity and organizational competence in SOS Children's Villages Latin America and the Caribbean). The competence is developed in five abilities:

  • Affection that is expressed in a way that it can be perceived and received by each person, child or adult.
  • The ability to create positive affection bonds and to keep consciousness regarding the already created affective bonds.
  • A conscious care of planning and development of all phases of the intervention process, with special attention to beginnings and endings.
  • A conscious and respectful look at the person one works with.
  • Addressing situations of conflict from a positive discipline perspective.

Both guides have been a long process of systematization of two key concepts from the child protection perspective. It is not only necessary to understand the importance of the ideas, it is necessary to give tools, indicators and evaluation processes in order to facilitate their implementation.

We want to thank SOS Children´s Villages Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office, Child Protection Regional Network and the Human Resources Regional Network for their confidence in our work and their essential contribution to these two strategic guides.

We hope that these guides will be interesting and useful for any organization, institution or professional working with people who need to be safe and cared for.

Pepa Horno

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