Automatic Translation

by Transposh - translation plugin for wordpress

To follow us on Twitter

Seguir @ EspiralesCI en Twitter.


Subscribe to blog




Recent entries


Label: experiences

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

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)

Happy 2021

It's time to learn to live in the open. With the sun, the air and the sea like caresses. It's time to go back to hugs: those of soul always, physicists when possible.

Since CI Spirals we want to thank you for not letting go of our hand in these strange times and we wish you the love and awareness necessary to live them.

Joe, Javier and Spirals equipment CI

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

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

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

Place: online activity.

The event will be held through the Zoom platform.

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

“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.

How to accompany fragility after confinement by COVID-19

During these months of the health emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, from Espirales CI we have tried to contribute from what we know how to do. We have been trying to answer the demand for emotional support, supervision and advice of professional teams working with children, girls and adolescents in the field of protection, in social and educational services mainly. Addition, We have maintained emotional support on a personal and therapeutic level at the individual level.

Throughout all this time reflections have emerged that we have shared in our personal spaces, so much Pepa Horno and your personal blog as F. Javier Romeo on his blog More Authentic Connection. But as often happens in our journey, the personal meets the professional, so we do not want to start the summer holidays without sharing in this space some of those reflections that have everything to do with the design and planning of measures that will be necessary to accompany the children, girls and teenagers in autumn.

The first reflection is that we will be wrong if we try to return to life and the pre-COVID-19 world. Not only because it is impossible, the world has changed in a significant way that does not allow return or oblivion. But because it can be destructive. There are some learnings that this pandemic has brought that we should not forget and that impel us to transform us. But, we perceive that both on a personal level, As socially and institutionally, measures are being developed in many cases from a provisional approach while awaiting the vaccine that allows us to return to the world we had. And we think it's a mistake.

COVID-19 has made us aware of our vulnerability. We were always vulnerable, but we lived with our backs to it from an experience of omnipotence generated by the false sense of control. We believed that we controlled our lives, and that the world worked by rules that if we followed them things would fit. But, a virus has been able to lay down our lives “upside down” and demonstrate the fragility of the social system, economic and institutional that we had built. Vulnerability, and the fear that comes with it, have become evidence. And we are not yet able to measure the consequences of that change at the social and institutional level. We should not be so naive to think that this experience is not going to transform social relations, individual decision making, the state of people's mental and affective health as well as political and institutional decisions.

The second reflection would imply some keys that are necessary for this transformation at a professional and institutional level.:

1. We need generate flexible structures. COVID-19 has forced us for the first time to work globally in a pandemic situation, of emergency. If effective interventions in an emergency situation are characterized by something, it is their flexibility. We have to maintain that criterion and generate structures, Projects, spaces that are flexible, easy to modify and adapt to different situations and populations. And this applies from the construction and its materials (How about if you look at architecture that can move and transform?), to physical spaces (open, with flexibility in its use, that allow movement…), to the design of programs and interventions in any workplace (programs that include internal transformation mechanisms), to working models (the face-to-face, telework, the connections, and so on.) or to vocational training (stop considering specialized training as the ultimate goal and move on to considering more general profiles as necessary that can maintain a global vision, as it happens with the specialty of internal medicine within the medical field).

Let's look at a clear example that is being debated a lot right now: the school. The measures that are being considered right now have to do with how to continue doing what was being done but implementing the security measures that were contemplated. That's impossible. We have to transform education. School spaces, make them open and modular, forgetting the classroom; work methodologies implementing once and for all project education throughout the educational cycle; open spaces that facilitate integration into nature and not cement in patios. It's about thinking of a different school in many ways. Not in the same school that we had, only guaranteeing social distance. If we have learned anything about school thanks to COVID-19 it is to see it as what it always was and in many cases we had forgotten: a protective structure, that generates equity and social integration, in addition to learning. Education and social distance are not compatible because the basis of the educational process is the human relationship, both between those who educate and the boys and girls and between themselves. And we are not only talking about the role of sensorimotor development and physical contact in nursery schools but about all educational cycles.

2. We need see provisionality as one of the few sure constants. We can't continue planning projects, immovable structures or plans. Children, girls and adolescents must learn to move physically, to change geographic location, From home, life, like adults to change jobs or residency. The post-COVID-19 world makes permanence very difficult. Our generations were educated to follow a long term, to plan your life (and we're not just talking about mortgages, but about work and personal life) and to measure progress through consumer capacity. None of these criteria will be criteria of success in the post-COVID-19 world.. It's about teaching how to flow, to change, not to hold onto possessions or places. And it will cost us a lot, because we were educated to the contrary, especially here in Europe.

3. We need back to small. In all senses and realities. Small places, small structures, small groups, small organizations. We are not only thinking about things that have been discussed a lot these days, like the need to transform big cities, shopping malls or massive entertainment venues due to the dangers they may entail. We think about operating structures, social intervention projects, health, educational, coexistence structures and many other issues. For us, one of the key lessons that COVID-19 leaves us in a very literal way is that only the small is sustainable. Returning to the example of the school, let's think about schools of 1200 students or in schools 300, four lines or one. But let's think about work teams where when the decision levels are very complex, the effectiveness of any measure is lost as well as slowing down and institutionalizing. The “little” it has many vertices, many faces, many things we could talk about at this point.

4. And last but not least, we need strengthen the community. A society is articulated around three levels: the individual, the community and the system. In the different continents social structures have developed that prioritize one or two of their levels, missing the third. In some countries the community and the system prevail, there where it exists, about the individual. In other countries it survives from the community and the individual because social systems are weak and vulnerable. In our reality, where we could include Europe and North America the individual and the system are prioritized losing the community. And the community has an essential protective role that always arises in crisis or emergency situations. When people have a strong emotional network, they are less likely to fall into situations of social exclusion or economic vulnerability. When societies have effective community participation structures, neighborhoods and cities are humanized and transformed. The affective network is one of the non-negotiable conditions of the protection of the individual that cannot be sustained only from the system. And that affective network is strengthened and established in the community. The post-COVID-19 world forces us to look towards the communities where we live: from changing the nuclear family model recovering the role of the extended family to incorporating community participation structures at any level of institutional intervention.

Sure there are many more elements, but for us from Espirales CI these are constitutive elements that must be present in any organizational or institutional decision that is made in these months. With them we want to finish this series of inputs which include the different materials, resources and videos that we have created for different contexts of intervention (education, protection, social services) as geographic (Spain, Latin America). We hope we have achieved our purpose that was none other than to accompany the professionals who work with children, girls and adolescents and their families.

A big hug,

Pepa Horno and F. Javier Romeo

Article “Rest the soul”, by Pepa Horno for BBK Family

After everything we have experienced during the health emergency, it is important that we rest.

At Espirales Consultoría de Infancia we have been collaborating with the programa BKK Family they coordinate Bidegintza and EDE Foundation (among other issues, with these videos about conscious parenting, with these public workshops who taught F. Javier Romeo or with this video about “Living outdoors” at the beginning of the coronavirus health emergency).

This time they asked me for an article about this different summer, and my fundamental message is its title: we need “Rest the soul”.

I hope that Article you like it and it helps you find moments of rest,

Pepa Horno

Living outdoors

For all Spirals equipment CI and to me It is important, right now more than ever, maintaining technical rigor attached through emotional closeness. It's more, understand this affectivity as a criterion of quality and efficiency technique.

That's why we are focusing on trying to provide technical tools to the same time we do we present to families and those who are responsible for child care, and adolescents in protection centers. The video I made for the program BBK Family It is an example of this way of understanding our work in an emergency setting like we have.

The dimensions and implications that the actual experience of the weather will be for many of us, for children, and adolescents with those who live and work and society in general are impossible to calculate now. This experience is new for everyone and is an experience of vulnerability and fragility. I lived in a world based on the false belief that we controlled what we could happen. Only when we arrived emotionally intense or traumatic experiences for some reason we acquired awareness of the falsehood. Now life has gotten rid of a stroke that lie. And we have to learn to living outdoors. We were always there, just that we were not aware.

When I wrote Educating joy I did exactly as explained in his epilogue, because he was worried about the level to which we were afraid I inoculating children, and adolescents. then warned that fear paralyzes, creates a sense of powerlessness and helplessness, contrary to what many people believe, far from protecting, jeopardizes our children, and adolescents. That process was being unconscious in many cases, intentional in other. Right now we run the risk that educate us that fear out of “guts”. because our “guts” they are afraid. And we educate in what we live. So we must put a lot of consciousness if we are not sure that fragility becomes paralyzing fear that children, and adolescents incorporate in their body memory.

Therefore it is important to remember that there are two very powerful weapons against fear. The first, the love. Loneliness scares, the caress makes you feel safe. The affection of an affective network and present solid. And I say this from the perspective technique, not only human. Love overcomes fear. Therefore, now more than ever, let us be present in the lives of those we love. The second, the laughter. The sense of humor, Shared laughter conjures ghosts. Do not be afraid to laugh at the surreal. Because what is happening is surreal. And laugh it to cross it makes it no less serious, makes it real.

Let's not make big promises. Just try to do my best. This is also new to us. And as I say in the video, We are all one. Nobody goes out alone this.

A big hug,

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

Use of cookies

This site uses cookies for you to have the best user experience. If you continue to browse you are giving your consent to the acceptance of the aforementioned cookies and acceptance of our cookies policy, click the link for more information.plugin cookies

Cookie warning