Some notes on the 2nd Transnational meeting in Graz

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Blog

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!

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