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Article “Defining consciousness” by Pepa Horno for the initiative “Renewing from within”

One of the pillars of the CI Spirals philosophy is the generation of networks. Networking makes you grow as a professional and as a person. But then there are networks and networks. From time to time you get the gift of being in a work group with professionals whom you often feel are better than you., professionals who challenge you, they drive you, urge you. Over the years I have learned that they not only have to be professionals who I admire for their professional level. They have to be people who I admire for their human qualities, its warmth, his honesty and something even rarer: for their ability to be generous with their time and knowledge. How difficult it is to find professionals who share what they do and how they do it, that they understand that sharing as we understand it in CI Spirals, as our way of bringing back to life as much as we have received.

The group of professionals “Renewing from within” is included among this group of professionals, those that make me a better person and a better professional. Because then we started talking and, like nothing, you end up committing to a little madness, nothing more and nothing less, to try to define what it is “consciousness”. That word mantra that has become the cornerstone of our professional intervention, but also from my look at the human being and his possibility of change from freedom.

So here I share the link to the article that has resulted from that challenge. It is called “Defining consciousness”. I have tried to develop the indicators that I use to differentiate a look, a conscious intervention in the educational role, foster or care. Indicators that can also be used in a process of improvement of professional quality and organizational change.

I hope I don't come off too badly off the result. And above all, as always, I hope it can be useful to you.

Pepa Horno

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

Publication “Voices for change. Methodological guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents who are in residential care” by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo for UNICEF Spain

Portada de la guía "Voces para el cambio", by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo, for UNICEF Spain

The modification that was made of the Law of Protection of Children in Spain with the approval of the law 16/2015, later reinforced by Law 8/2021, the 4 June, of Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents against violence represents a challenge for the protection system in many ways. But there is one especially relevant: guarantee the full implementation of the right to participation of children, girls and adolescents under protection measures. A challenge in which very significant progress has been made in recent years, but that is still far from being a reality.

Phone Voices for change. Methodological guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care, published by UNICEF Spain, aims to be a methodological instrument to achieve this challenge. Its objective is to propose a methodology to carry out consultations with children, girls and adolescents in residential care. A methodology that considers the specificities of this population in order to guarantee legitimate participatory processes, meaningful and protective. A methodology that raises the consultations as one more element in a process of internal transformation of the protection homes until reaching a greater degree of protagonism of the boys and girls over their own lives.. And a methodology that can then be adapted to different query objects.

But above all it aims to provide a tool to professionals, entities and institutions of the protection system that decide to evaluate their work to increase its rigor and quality. Children, girls and adolescents are the recipients of the work of the protection system. Therefore, any evaluation process, improvement or quality that you want to promote will not be legitimate if it is not part of the needs assessment and proposals for improvement that the children themselves, girls and adolescents carry out.

Sometimes you don't wonder because you don't know how. Sometimes because you are afraid of the answer. The guide we have developed Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo aims to remove the first of the two obstacles. Winning the second is already an institutional and professional decision of the protection system in each autonomous community, and the management and educational team of each foster home.

Here we have the recording of the session:

We hope that the guide will be useful and that you will find us at the presentation.

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Presentation in Madrid and online of the book “Putting soul to pain: therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of child sexual abuse” Thursday 30 September 2021

Invitación a la presentación del libro "Poniendo alma al dolor" at the College of Psychology of Madrid

Presential presentation in Madrid and online of the book Putting soul to pain: therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of sexual abuse, with interventions of Jose Antonio Luengo, Dean of the Governing Board of the Official College of Psychology of Madrid, and the authors of the book: Pepa Horno (coordinator), Elena Gonzalez, Carmen Ruiz and Carolina Moñino. The event will be moderated by Nuria Mateos, Secretary of the Governing Board of the Official College of Psychology of Madrid.

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021 to 19:00 (Madrid time).

Place: Official College of Psychology of Madrid
Cuesta de San Vicente 4, plant 5
28008 Madrid

The presentation will be in face-to-face and online format. The capacity both in person and online is limited and requires prior registration at this link.

[Original Entry 20 September 2021, updated 30 September 2021, date of the event].

The full video of the event is available on the YouTube account of the Official College of Psychology of Madrid.

Online presentation of the publication “Voices for change. Guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care” made by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo for UNICEF Spain on 6 October 2021

Imagen de la convocatoria de la presentación de la guía "Voces para el cambio"Online presentation of the publication Voices for change. Guide for consulting children, girls and adolescents in residential care, prepared by Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo to UNICEF Spain within your program Child Friendly Cities.

Date: Wednesday, 6 October 2021, the 10:00 a 11:30 (Madrid schedule).

Place: online.

To register it can be done for free at this link.

Article “We accompany with the person that we are”, F. Javier Romeo, for the initiative “Renewing from within”

Portada del artículo "Acompañamos con la persona que somos" de F. Javier RomeoThe pandemic has brought us many difficult things, and I wish it hadn't happened. And even so we can use their symbols to have a greater awareness about our way of being with children, and adolescents who have suffered much, as is the case with those who live with protection measures.

The initiative “Renewing from within”, from which we already talked about its launch in May 2021, aims to offer some ideas to continue reflecting on the protection system in Spain (and can also be used for many other places). My contribution this month is article “We accompany with the person that we are”, in which I offer a series of analogies between measures against COVID-19 and the awareness we need when dealing with children, girls and adolescents with protection measures. It is aimed at professionals and families of all kinds (originally, cozy, adoptivas…).

You can read the article in the blog of “Renewing from within”, from where you can also download it in PDF.

And I would love to know if those metaphors serve you, or how would you raise them from your point of view. I will read you carefully.

F. Javier Romeo

“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

Presentation of the book in Palma “Putting soul to pain: therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of sexual abuse” Thursday 3 June 2021

Cartel de invitación a la presentación del libro "Poniendo alma al dolor"Presential presentation of the book Putting soul to pain: therapeutic intervention with children, girls and adolescents victims of sexual abuse, with interventions of Serafín Carballo, Director of the Office for Children and Adolescents of the Ballearic Islands, and the authors of the book: Pepa Horno (coordinator), Elena Gonzalez, Carmen Ruiz and Carolina Moñino.

Date: Thursday 3 June 2021 to 19:30.

Place: Courtyard of Mercy- Palm
Hospital Square 4
07012 Palm
Majorca (Illes Balears)

Limited capacity

Organize: Moon Bookstore

[Original Entry 17 May 2021, updated 3 June 2021, date of the event].

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