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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

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

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

The approval of the LOPIVI: celebration and memory

Front page of the Congress of Deputies website that includes the BillThis week has been a time of celebration for all good people, for whom we consider children, girls and adolescents full citizens and a little more if possible for all the people who work, one way or another, in the field of protection: the approval of the Organic Law Project for the comprehensive protection of children and adolescents against violence (LOPIVI) by the Congress of Deputies in Spain. [Update: The Law has already been published and will take effect in a few days, with the final name of Organic Law 8/2021, the 4 June, comprehensive protection of children and adolescents against violence].

Throughout these almost twenty-five years that I have been working for the prevention and eradication of violence against children, girls and adolescents I have lived many things that, as I have commented on social networks, these days they crowded in my heart. And they all had to do with the path traveled, with the amount of things that we take for granted today, by logic, for known and what, as in any other movement for social change, son, however, the result of a very long work over time. A job that, When did it start, it seemed just like preaching in the desert, crazy, an impossible.

When I I started working on this issue, there were already people fighting to make violence against children visible, and adolescents. There was already a legally constituted protection system in Spain that was beginning to evaluate its operation. The Platform of Organizations for Children it was already constituted. There were already organizations and entities that had been working on this issue for a long time. Y, especially, there were many professionals already attending to the ultimate protagonists of this law: children, and adolescent victims of violence.

But everything that existed was perceived as people, organizations and entities serving a vulnerable group, scarce, unlucky, victim of some crazy people, sick, strange and, especially, very far from people's daily lives. “This in my house does not happen, this does not happen in my neighborhood, that happens to the poor, crazy or sick people do it”. “Poor little”, they said in the best of cases. “It is impossible, you invent it”, in the worst case. As with other victims of violence.

I want to count four examples that for me explain very well where we come from, and all the work that has been necessary to achieve the social change that would legitimize and make this legislative change possible.. Because it is so, a law never goes ahead if society is not prepared. And if you force, and is approved before that social change, the legal norm is attacked and questioned until its repeal or ignored and not implemented. Especially in the case of laws that address human relationships, not administrative or institutional, but human relations in any of its aspects. These laws must be incorporated by society to be implemented. The best example I can think of right now is the anti-smoking law, that required a brutal investment in social awareness to be implemented. When it was approved we were many people who thought it would be impossible, and now we fly in a plane, let's go on the train, we sit down to eat or go dancing without filling ourselves with smoke. And it seems normal to us. It seems obvious to us.

The first example that came to mind on Thursday was the day we published the first report that was produced in Spain on physical punishment of children at home, The document Love, power and violence. A Comparative Analysis of Patterns of Physical and Humiliating Punishment. Year 2005. That day I was coming home on the subway after the press conference and all the interviews. That was the first of all the press conferences that we had called until then since Save the Children for issues of violence in which the presence of the media was massive. Until then, two or three journalists came. The topic was not news.

That day I was coming home on the subway. It must have been nine at night and the topic had already appeared on the noon and night news. In the car where he was traveling, a very strong discussion broke out among a large group of people. But it wasn't really an argument. All agreed, and they agreed that we were crazy who presented the study, in what, course, children had to be beaten when necessary, that “But, they did not obey” and what had to “put them on the sidewalk”. That NGOs and psychologists wanted to tell them what to do with their sons and daughters, that “they were his” and that also the figures that we gave, sure that “we invented them”.

Portada del material de la campaña "Educa, don't hit"I speak of the year 2005 when we had already been working on the issue since the campaign “Educate, don't hit” statewide since the year 1999. They were years of campaign, training families and professionals in small towns and cities across the country, with a team of thirty people working directly on the issue, and many other institutions and organizations supporting the process and collaborating.

We train thousands of people. I remember when I was preparing that group of people who were going to have to give the courses, conferences, the interviews, I always told them: “Keep in mind that only if they feel the need to discuss what you say, to counter-argue, it's enough, because it will mean that you have cast doubt on something that is so ingrained socially that people do not even consider questioning. They take it for granted that they have the right to beat their children to educate them. It has always been done like this. Just sowing doubt is progress”. So it happened. They discussed us, even in some case they insulted us, they laughed at many of us, but we continue. And the doubt settled.

Folleto de la campaña "Corregir no es pegar"A second awareness campaign was needed against physical punishment of children in the family: “Correcting is not pasting”. And by the way one of the measures that was proposed in that campaign, for me not the most relevant but necessary, It was the modification of an article of the Civil Code. Not a law. An article. It took eight years of work to achieve it. Arrived in the 2007. And still today, there are people who do not doubt their right to hit and yell at their sons and daughters if they deem it necessary. But it's not obvious anymore, it is no longer a majority, it no longer seems so clear. We are on the way.

 

Second example, the elaboration of model of action protocol in cases of child abuse promoted by the Childhood Observatory of the Ministry of Social Affairs. Year 2008 (then successive modifications and improvements were published until the year 2014, what is current). It was developed in a working group that met for a year and in which for the first time representatives of the judicial field sat at a table with the social field, the educational field, the police field and the health field. Representatives of the Autonomous Communities and of all the fields that we intended to develop a protocol model that could serve the Autonomous Communities to promote their own protocols in the different territories, how it happened. I have lived those meetings again at the regional level in several autonomous communities. But I remember perfectly the difficulty of being accepted as a valid interlocutor without being a professional in the legal field. And remember, Among many other things, the discussion to ensure that the proposal be included in the protocol that compensation in convictions for cases of child abuse would not be calculated using the scales that were used until then, the ones about car accidents, but they could cover the cost of the therapeutic treatment that he would need (or that he had already needed depending on the years elapsed before the final judgment) that child to recover from the trauma that had been inflicted. Because let me remind you that neither then nor now is public and free treatment guaranteed to all children who are victims of any form of abuse.. In some autonomous communities yes, in others only those children, girls and adolescents who are victims of abuse in the family environment that leads them to a situation of vulnerability, in others not even that. I remember doing on that table the generic calculation of the number of minimum sessions multiplied by the cost officially established by the Official Associations of Psychologists per session. A figure that was much higher than the established scale. And just to pay for the treatment. The measure was included, and many prosecutors in their proposals and many judges in their sentences incorporated it. Many others continue to use the car accident scale, because it is the one that has always been used. We are on the way.

Third example, when in the year 2006 We also published from Save the Children the first investigation that was carried out on Attention to boys and girls victims of gender violence. The first. The first time they were called direct victims. No “witnesses”, ni “secondary victims”, but direct victims. An investigation that took two years of work by a team of incredible people that I had the honor of coordinating. One of those investigations that marked a before and after and a line of work that the organization has followed until the legislative modification of the Organic Law was achieved. 1/2004 of Comprehensive Protection Measures against Gender Violence in which children were recognized, girls and adolescents sons and daughters of women victims of gender violence as victims of that violence just like their mothers. Was in the year 2015. Were needed 9 years.

In that investigation very serious issues arose, but above all, when it was published, we had to listen to things like children, and adolescents “They were only witnesses”, that “They were not beaten”, that “They could not find out” of what his father or stepfather did to his mother, or if we recognized them as victims “Women would lose the resources they had to care for them because they would give them to children”. I remember that one of the measures requested in that investigation was simply that a box with the information on the number of sons and daughters the women had on the forms of protection orders. Their age was recorded, your country of origin… lots of facts about women. But nothing about his sons and daughters. We did it. With a nuance: that for years, this data was not included in the statistics that were published on the subject. That first investigation was the beginning of a very hard process to achieve something that is still a pending issue in many places and is the need for Equality and Childhood interventions to work hand in hand. We are on the way.

Conducting research, not only from an academic perspective but from the perspective of professionals in the field, has been a key part of this process of making violence against children visible, girls and adolescents and the deficiencies that exist in the system when it comes to attending to the pain of the victims. There have been two subsequent investigations that I have had the privilege of coordinating since CI Spirals With F. Javier Romeo, on various aspects of the protection system that have played a key role in the legitimacy of the legislative change process. On the one hand, the one made for UNICEF Spain about childcare, girls and adolescents in residential and family care in Spain called A place to stay, in which several of the problems exposed in the justification of the bill clearly emerged.

For another, the one made for SOS Children's Villages Spain with the title Arrive on time. Children, girls and adolescents at risk in Spain. Both investigations have been other steps on this path. The path of giving visibility to the different problems that LOPIVI intends to respond to from the analysis of daily practice from a child rights perspective.

 

And a last example, for me perhaps the most painful. Throughout these years Spain, like the rest of the countries that have ratified it, is obliged to submit a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CDN). As each country, Spain presents its report at the government level, and NGOs, associations and entities can present their alternative reports. In Spain it is carried out by the Platform of Organizations for Children jointly. A much more complicated job than people can imagine, but absolutely essential in which I was able to participate twice. In these reports presented by the government, the statistics published by the INE are collected. (Statistics National Institute) on deaths in Spain, in this case of children, and adolescents in our country. The problem is that the data is collected by causes of death and, as such, disaggregated: you have to add several sections to know how many children, girls and adolescents have died of violent causes in our country. But it is not only necessary to add the boxes corresponding to violent deaths. Because among its causes are the murders, homicides of boys and girls, suicides and a very scary category of accidental assault deaths, that are categorized this way because many times it is not known who produced the aggression or if it was done intentionally (we talk about burn deaths, stabbings, shooting or poisoning). Every year that number hurts me, so in the year 2014 I posted a blog post that I called “Counting our dead, also when they are boys and girls”. I posted it on my darling's blog Xosé Cuns “Do not ask me calm”, collecting data from 2011 contained in the last report presented by the government to the Committee. I thought that article would generate controversy, but it was not like that. And it should have generated. Because the figures are scary. The Complete Record of Violent Deaths of Children, girls and adolescents in our country continues to be a pending account to which the LOPIVI intends to respond by finally creating that registry. We are on the way. Because let me remember something I said in that article: It is difficult to create effective and adjusted measures if we do not know the magnitude of the problem.

All this and much more is part of a process of social change that has happened in our country in the last twenty years. Now many things seem obvious, as if they had always existed. But it's not like that. When this week the approval of the LOPIVI was discussed, there were those who suggested calling it “Ley Rhodes”, because the role of James Rhodes has been key to accelerating a process that, although it was happening, it happened at an infuriatingly slow pace. Your book Instrumental it was something difficult to express for many people. He lent his name, but above all his pain to give voice to many victims. I can never thank you enough. This law is also yours, although not only yours. Let us bear in mind that before him there were many victims who asked to speak to the president of the government and were never treated. Not a prime minister, various, of various parties and political signs. Why? Because Spanish society was not prepared and the political cost for any politician of any political sign to take a position on this issue was too high. The current government has been very courageous in promoting the LOPIVI approval process and it has been achieved with high political consensus., because society did not question it (except for some specific measures in the law that did cause debate), because it seems obvious, it seems justice. But it seems so now.

The very process of formulating the bill hides behind a very long process. Let me just give a few dates. First presentation on violence against children in the Congress of Deputies, year 2005. Creation of the sub-commission on violence against children, year 2014. In this blog post we wrote about that subcommittee. Presentation of signatures for the no prescription of child sexual abuse crimes, May of 2016. Creation of a working group of organizations and entities promoted by Save the Children and Santander Chair of the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas to prepare a joint draft of the law that could be taken to the Senate and Congress, year 2018. Sending the draft bill, December 2020. Approval of the Bill (in the absence of his passage through the Senate and, if there are relevant modifications, again by Congress), April 2021.

This week there was also talk of three-year processes, of five years for some of the measures that this law has collected and that represented a before and after in this process, because they are processes promoted by adults who were victims of some form of abuse in their childhood. Adults who stepped forward and put a face and a voice to the silenced horror. Only adult people who were victims in childhood and adolescence could do that, because children's organizations, no matter how hard they worked to make that pain visible, they could not get the children out, girls and adolescents to tell what was happening to them. They couldn't speak alone, they needed the adults who could already do it. People like Vicky Bernadet, as Miguel Hurtado, as Gloria Visors, as Manuel Barbero. They and they gave name and surname. But before that there were also the victims' associations that had been established for years, as ACASI, the Garaitza Association, The World of ASI, the RANA Foundation and many others demanding to be attended and carrying out an essential social awareness work. His voice and his work gave legitimacy to what organizations like Save the Children, the ANAR Foundation, UNICEF Spain, SOS Children's Villages Spain the Educo they counted in their data. They all made data take life and soul. Without them, all of them, concrete people, victims associations, this law would never have been passed.

There was talk of entities and organizations. I have mentioned them. With the priceless role of the Platform of Organizations for Children (THEN) and Federation of Associations for the Prevention of Child Abuse (FAPMI).

And it was reminded jurists and academics who supported the organizations in their process. Impossible not to mention here Clara Martinez or to Félix López, Jesus Palacios, Jorge Fernandez del Valle, Enrique Echeburúa, Maria Ignacia Arruabarrena the Naomi Pereda. Professionals who gave legitimacy with their investigations or with their knowledge to processes undertaken by the entities. Professionals in the field of childhood have something in common: Somos continued!, not to say directly that we are stubborn. Without all these entities and the professionals who supported them, this law would never have been approved..

But to me I have missed three mentions this week with which I want to end this article of celebration and gratitude.

The first is to the international process. It was said that Spain is a pioneer. But this law would never have been passed without the realization of the World Report on violence against children (also known by the name of “Informe Pinheiro” by haber been Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro su coordinador). It was the first study to be carried out worldwide on violence against children, and forced the United Nations to recognize the brutal dimension of this problem in all countries and regions of the world. Going back to what I was saying at the beginning, I have worked on the issue of physical punishment of children in 32 countries. In all without exception I have been told in the workshops that the punishment “it was part of their culture”. One of the things that report made clear is that violence against children, although it has some specificities, it is not something cultural, nor typical of certain social or economic classes. It is a universal problem, that has to do with the abuse of power in interpersonal relationships, with the need to achieve a change in relationships between people, and especially between adults and children, and adolescents. A problem that has to do with the recognition of children, girls and adolescents as full citizens. And in this process I want to mention two people who played a key role and of whom little has been said this week. On one side, Jorge Cardona, as Spanish representative on the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and on the other, Elda Moreno as responsible for Children's Rights Area in the Council of Europe, that promoted the campaign “Your hands are to protect” against physical punishment, the bell “One in five” on child sexual abuse that arose after approval in 2007 of Lanzarote Convention (Council of Europe Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse), and the current campaign “Start to Talk” (“Start talking”) against sexual abuse in sport. Without these three campaigns this law would never have been approved.

The second is to the Defenders of the rights of the child, Nina your teen. From the Children's area of ​​the Ombudsman to the Defensoría existing in different Autonomous Communities. I want to highlight the work of the office of the Ararteko, the Ombudsman, the OBIA (Balearic Office for Children and Adolescents), the Andalusian Ombudsman and Palma City Council's Ombudsman, who have publicly positioned themselves in denouncing different forms of violence that children were suffering, girls and adolescents in their respective territories. The legitimacy of their complaints as independent institutions has supported the work of children's organizations in this process..

And the other mention that I have missed is all the professionals who work daily with the last protagonists of this law: children, and adolescent victims of violence. I'm talking about the professionals of the protection system, who work in residential care or foster care resources, in different intervention programs at risk, in social services and as technicians in protection services: educators, psychologists, social workers…, all those people who daily hold the pain of these children, and adolescents. And especially those who work directly in specialized therapeutic care resources. I could mention many, many but let me mention the UTASI psychologists with whom we have published the book Putting soul to pain, the Margins and Links Foundation, ADIMA, the Xylem Foundation, the A La Par Foundation, Victoria Noguerol, Maria Perez, José Luis Gonzalo, Javier Soriano Romeu, Begoña Aznarez and José Luis Marín, Jorge Barudy and Maryorie Dantagnan, Natalia Seijo, Cristina Cortes, Elena Borrajo, Loli Urízar Nieto, Ana Sieiro, Toni Echeverria, Josu Gago, Alberto Rodriguez, Javier Múgica… and i could go on. I have worked in recent years with professional teams of entities that from their work in the resources of the protection system bring light to the darkness from which these children are trying to emerge, and adolescents. And they do it when they do their job well, give them warmth and hope. And once again this week they have been the great forgotten.

It has not only been politicians who have made this law a reality, nor the visible faces that we have seen in the media. Those who make it a reality and will do it on a daily basis will be these professionals whom we try to accompany from CI Spirals years ago. I think of good teachers, those who look at the lives of their students beyond the subjects they teach, they see the pain in front of them and they do not ignore it. I think of the male and female educators who work tirelessly in the protection centers, in family intervention programs in risk situations, in municipal social service centers, on the street, in the squares, in leisure and free time resources… I am thinking of the members of the State Security Forces and Bodies who resist although “the others”, as a friend once told me, “always be more and are better endowed”. I think of the doctors, nurses and health personnel looking at these children, girls and adolescents and name the horror and sign it in a report for which they will have to answer judicially, but they do it because they know it's part of their job. I think about the prosecutors, judges, psychosocial teams, lawyers, court clerks…, all those people who try to train and improve a system that is not adequate to protect the rights of children, girls and adolescent victims.

Because the LOPIVI speaks of the horror of which the human being is capable. But it speaks above all about the entire immense network of incredible people that I have had the privilege of meeting.. People who are moved, they get angry and get involved in the fight against that horror. This article is intended to be my little tribute on behalf of the team of CI Spirals to all of them in a moment that deserves celebration and memory. Y, once the article is finished, it's time to continue. There's still a lot, a lot to do. And this week's sentences are proof of it. But every time we are more. And so it is much easier.

Thanks from my heart,

Pepa Horno (in the name of Spirals equipment CI)

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

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].

Exhibition “Protective environments” in virtual day “What implications does the new Child Protection Law have for educational centers?” by Pepa Horno on 25 November 2020

Exhibition “Protective environments” provided by Pepa Horno Goicoechea under the Virtual day “What implications does the new Child Protection Law have for educational centers?” Organized by British Council and UNICEF Spain.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 the 10:20 a 11:20 Madrid time.

Place: online activity.

More information and free registration at the British Council website.

[Original Entry 16 November 2020, updated 25 November 2020, date of the event].

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