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Online training “Intervention with children, migrant girls and adolescents living on the street”, given by F. Javier Romeo on 3 December 2020

Online training “Intervention with children, migrant girls and adolescents living on the street”, provided by F. Javier Romeo to UNICEF Spain, aimed at professionals in the protection system. The training is based on the intervention model proposed in the publication Beyond survival. How to improve the intervention in Europe with unaccompanied and separated migrant children who are left outside the protection system, written by F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno to UNICEF Spain, with some elements of deepening that do not appear in the text.

Date: Thursday, 3 December 2020, the 11:00 a 13:00 (Madrid time).

Place: online activity.

Free registration through event in the UNICEF Spain account in Zoom.

[Original Entry 19 November 2020, updated 3 December 2020, date of the online 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

“Metaphors for consciousness”, new book by Pepa Horno and presentation video

Every new book is a gift, the end of a project that lasts many months. Like a dream that, taking shape, becomes real. Today I am lucky to be able to introduce you Metaphors for consciousness, book me number 13. It's a good number to make a spiral. Because this book is mine like the previous ones, but at the same time it's different.

Metaphors for consciousness collects the images that I use the most in training and therapy. They are images that I shaped throughout my professional career, in an attempt to give “lifetime” and make the technical concepts of psychology understandable. This book is a good example that it is the way of doing things that marks the effectiveness of what we do as professionals. It is not so much the “what”. It is mostly the “how come”. This book contains many hours searching “how come” accurate.

They are metaphors that I have been able to verify over the years that help people to make their “building” interior (preview of one of the metaphors), to bring awareness to their life story and understand how they have come to be who they are. Pictures that help them see their “boy” the “girl” interior, to take care of it, pet or cradle him.

How I write on the back cover:

“This book is written for anyone who wants to ask questions, look in, raise awareness. The consciousness that allows us to understand our personal history and, From there, be free and have peace. That peace that comes when we can understand and order. When can we let go. When we can honor”. (Download the presentation brochure).

It is not a technical book, but yes it is. It is not a poetic book, but so is. It is narration and illustration with the wonderful images that Zaida escobar (see Zaida Escobar's account on Instagram) has created for each of the metaphors, of the texts. Each metaphor is narrated in two languages: a poetic one that anyone can read and with hardly any technical terms; and other, the visual and soul, through the illustrations that accompany each text and give it life and depth. Thanks from my heart, Zaida, for giving these pages another life.

Thanks also to the publisher Desclée De Brouwer that, again, bet again for my work.

I really believe that this book deserves to be gifted. That's why i wrote it. So that those images reach beyond my query, of my lectures… even all those who want to use them to look inside or to accompany others in that process of conscious gazing.

I just hope you like it, that excites you like me, serve them. Whatever is, it will be OK.

Pepa Horno


Upgrading to 23 December 2020

The book presentation video is now available at the online event “Conscious coffee” made by videoconference with the participation of Pepa Horno, author of, and Zaida escobar (see Zaida Escobar's account on Instagram), the illustrator. In the presentation two metaphors are read and the symbolism of the illustrations and their elaboration process are explained, and there is conversation through participation in the chat.

Online presentation of the report “Beyond survival” con F. Javier Romeo on 6 November 2020

Online presentation of the report "Beyond survival. How to improve the intervention in Europe with unaccompanied and separated migrant children who remain outside the protection system ”, written by F. Javier Romeo and Pepa Horno to UNICEF Spain, With the presence of F. Javier Romeo.

Date: Friday, 6 November 2020, the 11:00 a 12:00 Madrid time.

Place: online activity.

Free registration through event in the UNICEF Spain account in Zoom.

[Original Entry 29 October 2020, updated 6 November 2020, date of the online 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

Research “Arrive on time. Children, girls and adolescents at risk in Spain” made by CI Spirals for Aldeas Infantiles SOS Spain

One of the most important lines of work that we develop at CI Espirales are studies and research on the scope of protection. Our purpose is to provide elements of technical reflection for the improvement of the attention to children, girls and adolescents by the protection system. It is a line of work that completes those of training and supervision of teams of professionals in different areas and resources that exist within the system.

We work from a Child Rights Approach and comprehensive protection. We consider that protection is not only the eradication of all forms of violence against children, girls and adolescents but the generation of safe and protective environments that allow their full development as well as the exercise of their human rights. We believe in the social and institutional change that takes place in any field by transforming those environments and creating awareness about it in those responsible for them. The studies and research we carry out are a way for the CI Spirals team to create such awareness in technical and political leaders.

That's why the opportunity he offered us SOS Children's Villages of Spain to conduct research on childcare, Girls and adolescents at risk in Spain seemed to us both accurate and timely by the entity from the legitimacy of its work in the protection system through its family preservation and family and residential care programs.

The report Arrive on time. Children, girls and adolescents at risk in Spain is the result of an investigation that lasted a year and a half carried out on a sample of 150 municipalities throughout Spain. These municipalities were randomly chosen and make up a representative sample at the state level. In the sample there are rural and urban municipalities, of all population sizes and of all Autonomous Communities (and the two Autonomous Cities) proportionally to the number of inhabitants and protection files of each Autonomous Community. It can be downloaded in two formats:

The report reflects such diversity in the intervention carried out with children, girls and adolescents at risk in Spain that there is no variable, nor the autonomous community, nor the population size, that can explain the extreme differences between one municipality and another when evaluating the resources available to care for children, girls and adolescents at risk in their territory. Again, child, A girl or adolescent at risk will be guaranteed their right to protection in a different way depending on the municipality where they live.

The report also records the lack of systematization and accessibility of the system data. For example, there was a third of the municipalities that could not give the data of how many children, girls and adolescents at risk had in their municipality, solo 19 the 150 They were able to tell us how many of the children with whom they had intervened had ended up in a situation of guardianship due to abandonment, and it was impossible to find out the budget dedicated by each municipality to attend to these children, girls and adolescents at risk. The absence of data and the difficulty of accessing them makes the system impossible to evaluate.

And then there are the technical questions regarding the intervention. It is not the object of this entry to summarize all the data in the report because the entire research team would like it to be read in its entirety. But we do want to point out some issues that seem particularly worrying to us. There are three elements that are key if we want to carry out an effective intervention that can eradicate the risk situation in time:

  • Networking in the municipality that manages to incorporate the community in a real way in this intervention. This networking is only found in a third of the municipalities studied.
  • Intervention from primary prevention and in the earliest age groups. However, we found an age bias in the resources, the vast majority of them are dedicated to adolescence and most municipalities did not consider prevention as part of work at risk. The continuum between prevention, vulnerability and risk did not exist in most of the municipalities analyzed.
  • A positive view of the system towards families. We found a system with a more evaluative look than reparative or accompanying, that links risk to “lack of parental abilities” avoiding other types of situations of social conflict or risk, and that continues to link risk to social exclusion, focusing vulnerability intervention on economic vulnerability.

For us, the publication of this report comes later than we would have liked due to the circumstances in which we are.. It was carried out between May 2018 and may 2019 and only the data that the municipalities had available at the time could be collected corresponding to the period of 2017 (and in some cases 206). But still, We believe that due to its novelty and the breadth and representativeness of the sample it represents an opportunity. The opportunity to look with rigor and tranquility precisely the most necessary part of the protection system, the one that intervenes to avoid helplessness, the one that prevents pain, the harm and suffering of children, and adolescents, or at least manages to minimize it before taking other drastic measures. That part of the system that was created to guarantee the right contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and our own state and regional legislation: the right to grow up with your family and in a safe and protective environment. We hope that the report is an awareness tool.

And we cannot finish this presentation entry without thanking Violeta Assiego, Itziar Fernandez, Aurea Ferreres, Lourdes Juan and Santiago Míguez, without whose work it would have been impossible to develop this research. Thank you for teaching us so much. At Espirales CI we have always believed in networking to guarantee the legitimacy of what we do, and walking by your hand has been a privilege.

Also thanks to Aldeas Infantiles SOS España and especially to those who have collaborated in the investigation and in its dissemination for the trust they placed in us., without which this report would have been impossible. Thank you for the privilege of this shared path.

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Story “My home is a castle”, by Itziar Fernández Cortés

Hello to all and to all:

My name is Itziar Fernández Cortés, I am a child psychotherapist expert in trauma and gender violence. Since 2017 I am pleased to to collaborate with Espirales CI in its investigations into the reality of children, violated and adolescents from human rights approach to different entities such as Spanish UNICEF Committee or SOS Children's Villages Spain.

But what brings me here today is not sharing the results of these experiences, but a more personal project, which it is directly linked to the situation we are experiencing due to the pandemic arising from the rapid expansion of the coronavirus, and the development of the story illustrated My home is a castle With Lorena Zamora Blanco as an illustrator and published by Hilo Editions, which it is for free download.

We are many psychologists that we felt challenged to contribute to improving the mental health of people in confinement, everyone have received videos and guides that we recommend how to cope with fear and anxiety as calmly as possible, devoting our time to various tasks. Never before did both sports indoors.

For families, the task is doubly complicated, as well as cope with their own emotional state, should convey calm and security, accompanying emotional states of children in charge. All this, reconciling work and family life.

We know how important it is to inform children about what is happening in a clear and simple, adapted to their age. We also know how important it is to carry out various activities throughout the day. But how can we transmit it in a playful way to encourage their involvement?

It is important not to let it be "distracted" with the TV or video games forever because "we feel sorry that they can not leave", or "fairly they are enduring". Nor should we turn homework in daily obligation, downplaying other tasks, both children, as for adults, They are necessary for a proper balance in everyday life.

The objective of My home is a castle It is helping families to give structure to the day, with a simple script than ten kinds of tasks that can develop daily, which identifies what skills are developed for each type of activity.

It is not a set of proposals, but a wrapper for the same, and an excuse for communication where each family must adapt them according to their tastes, spaces, time and materials available.

Internet is a wonderful window into the world that brings us closer to creative ideas that other people have previously developed. You find pages of meditation and relaxation child, dance tutorials, physical training routines, recipes adapted to every age, pages simple paper crafts, paperboard, milk cartons ...

Fortunately, We have a virtual level all! We just need to spend a little time.

And time is just what you have given us.

Itziar

Manual “Accompanying the wounds of the soul. Trauma in childhood and adolescence” F. Javier Romeo

Children, and adolescents who go through the protection system have been very complicated situations, While often marks show of trauma. Fully understand the trauma, learn to identify and act protectively are professional responsibilities in any organization working on protection. So it has been an honor for me to have written this manual, Accompanying the wounds of the soul. Trauma in childhood and adolescence, which is published in the framework of a new project with SOS Children's Villages through its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Two versions of the document:

This manual covers the basic points are collected to consider regarding four aspects:

  • The conceptualization of trauma, from the basics to current theories, with different types of trauma contemplated and the relationship between trauma and link. There is also a reflection on how the intervention own protection (the entry into the family, the removal of children, and adolescents in their homes…) It can be traumatic if performed improperly.
  • The identification of trauma from indicators, with special attention to dissociation (which it is a topic of great interest in formations, and on which there is often little awareness). Addition, is discussed in more detail the influence of the trauma in especially difficult to manage demonstrations: and behaviors aggressiveness result of sexual abuse.
  • The intervention understood holistically:
    • The detection, which can be made from any field, to derive professional specialists who can make the evaluation.
    • Intervention system level, using the tools already worked in Safe and protective environments, the Positive discipline and Aware affectivity.
    • more concrete intervention, things to do in day to day from alternative care arrangements or from community work.
    • Therapeutic intervention, that should be performed by specialists with specific training in trauma, but which may be accompanied from all levels.
  • The addressing trauma at the organizational level, with a series of guidelines for capacity development, the adequacy of systems performance against trauma in children, adolescents and institutional positioning needed to lead social change.

The process has been very interesting, and connects with previous work we have done since childhood Espirales Consulting with both the Regional Office of SOS Children's Villages for Latin America and the Caribbean to National Associations. Initial interviews and previous virtual meeting allowed me to prepare the training material I taught for three intense days of July in Asuncion, Paraguay, representatives of SOS Children's Villages twenty countries and the Regional Office. Your questions, comments and contributions, I thank from here, They have been essential to achieve the final document.

I hope you find it useful to those you work with children, and adolescents at any level, and that you can help identify the traumas around you to, as the title says, you may go “accompanying the wounds of the soul” in the recovery process.

F. Javier Romeo

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