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Some notes on the 2nd Transnational meeting in Graz

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

2nd Transnational meeting Graz

On the 29th and 30th of June the 2nd  Transnational meeting of the project Alternative Future took place in Graz, Austria. SURT, as coordinator, and the five partner organisations met in order to discuss the results of the work already done and start working for the next phases of the project.

The meeting began with the welcome and presentation of the agenda. Then we proceeded with the discussion of the Needs Assessment. Each partner had prepared a brief presentation of the nationals results obtained in the qualitative and the quantitative research. The qualitative research consisted of carrying out focus groups with children and professionals in Residential Care Facilites (RCFs). The quantitative part involved the analysis of the questionnaires filled out by other professionals working in RCFs. Despite the noticeable differences between the countries, some common aspects in terms of the needs of children victims of violence that are living in RCFs emerged. After this, some key elements of the publication of the Comparative Report were agreed. The first day of the meeting finalised with a discussion on financial and management issues of the project.

The partners started the second day of the meeting discussing the next phase of the project: the Capacity Building Programme (CBP) for professionals that will be implemented in each country from October to December 2016. The CBPs will aim at meeting the needs and gaps identified during the Needs Assessments. The specific objectives of the CBP are to raise awareness among professional about the need to provide specific support services to children victims of violence and provide professionals with practical knowledge and tools to help them to meet children’s needs

The evaluation of the meeting was extremely positive. The discussions were rich and fruitful and there was an incredibly positive working atmosphere. We worked a lot but we also had fun. We are already looking forward to the next meeting: Berlin May 2017!

Some notes on the Kick-Off Meeting in Barcelona

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Post2-AlternativeFutureOn January 12th and 13th, 2016, SURT and its five partner organizations met in Barcelona for the Alternative Future Kick-Off Meeting.

The meeting began with presentations from each organisation to introduce and discuss individual backgrounds and objectives. While each of the participating organisations deals with similar matters, their geographical locations and sociocultural contexts vary to some degree, allowing for a wide spectrum of expertise. This diverse range of backgrounds will help to expand the project´s evaluation of the social, mental, psychological, and political factors that commonly affect vulnerable sectors of the population.

The primary themes discussed at the Kick-Off event were in regards to the Residential Care Facilities (RCFs) where the project would be carried out. In terms of RCFs, the meeting made it clear that every participating organisation and their affiliated country had varying uses for such facilities. With this in mind, the meeting went on to address the execution of the project in a manner that maintained consistency and acknowledged any relevant differentiating factors.

The meeting went on and the partnership started working on the methodological framework of the Needs Assessment phase. After a whole afternoon discussion, the partners agreed on the first draft of the methodological tools to be used. After the meeting, the leaders of the Needs Assessment workstream will continue working on them. Once ready, the partners will translate and adapt them to their context reality.

The second day of the meeting was dedicated to discuss financial and management issues. During the second day the partnership also discussed on evaluation and dissemination activities. For the dissemination part, the partnership agreed on the logo of the project, the structure of the website and started discussion the communication strategy of the project.

The general evaluation of the project meeting was really positive. The partners ensured that the meeting had been useful, fruitful and productive. The partnership showed motivation and enthusiasm to start working on Alternative Future project.

Alternative Future: Summary

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Post1-AlternativeFutureFundació SURT has partnered with Dissens, Animus, Children in Scotland, Instituto Degli Innocenti, Verein Für Männer  to create Alternative Future. The project´s objective is to reduce rates of physical, sexual, and psychological violence affecting children ages 12-18 who live within Residential Care Facilities (RCFs). These children are part of a highly vulnerable group and tend to have been affected by violence and other forms of abuse prior to entering the RCFs. With few resources through which to seek assistance, the young victims rely heavily on the aid of Child Protection Professionals to intervene in domestic matters and gain children access to any necessary social services. However, a common challenge these professionals face is in approaching violence in a manner that acknowledges gender and its role in the cycle of violence. In addition, professionals also may not be sufficiently trained to approach their work from a child-focused perspective that respects children´s unique rights and liberties.

In response to these obstacles, Alternative Future seeks to provide support services that enable Child Protection Professionals the guidance necessary to successfully provide assistance to children affected by violence. In total, the project is expected to serve approximately 150-210 children within the specific 12-18 age bracket and between 240-450 Child Protection Professionals. With the help of its partner organizations,  Alternative Future will be executed within six countries; Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, the UK, Austria, and Italy. The range of organizational capacities and array of situations will contribute to the program´s overarching relevancy in meeting the needs of a highly vulnerable population. While the program will be united in its overall approach and objectives, each partner organization will incorporate their individual competences and contexts into its specific projects and activities, generating greater program dexterity.

During the course of its nearly two year duration, Alternative Future intends to provide children with the social and legal services necessary to seek help as well as recover from their personal traumas. By reinstating each child´s level of personal agency, the project will contribute to the empowerment of children in a way that interrupts current instances of violence against the affected demographic while also working proactively to prevent future offenses through education and training

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