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GRUNDTVIG PARTNERSHIP 2013 - 2015. THANKS - 1st Meeting, Newry, UK. Empowerment of Families at Risk to Practice Active Citizenship.

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    1. GRUNDTVIG PARTNERSHIP2013 - 2015 THANKS - 1st Meeting, Newry, UK Empowerment of Families at Risk to Practice Active Citizenship

    2. The partnership (THANKS) will focus on Empowerment of Families at Risk to Practice Active Citizenship, exchanging of experience, material and methodologies for an intercultural approach. Think Family

    3. The project aims • to analyze if the common and European definition of Active Citizenship (AC) is valid and representative for families at risk • to exercise active citizenship, for a full participation in social and economic life in the community • to understand citizenship in an active way • The partnership will identify those in need or at risk of poor outcomes and plan the most appropriate support, adopting the active working methodology and cooperative working strategies. • Our partnership will promote active citizenship education for families at risk, focus on process of acquiring knowledge, attitudes and skills based on community values, encouraging them to become more actively involved in society.

    4. FAMILY EMPOWERMENT means the ability of families to manage life, to become competent and active.

    5. During the first year - we will study the needs of FR in terms of European citizenship, paying particular attention to the strengths and weakness of the way they are represented in the social and political process. During the second year- we will develop the contents of a non formal education course that offer useful ways of developing intercultural understanding, assimilation, and communication for people at a variety of levels. Through mobility visits, communication and the exchange of project work, the wider community will become more accessible, broadening minds and allowing all of us to see beyond the local community.

    6. Many of the families can be considered at-risk The following should be considered indicators of high risk for the purpose of determining appropriate services: • economic stress issues (loss of job, unable to pay bills, loss of primary income source, homeless) • substance abuse, child abuse and neglect issues, or domestic violence in the home • parent is failing/dropping out of an educational program • recent divorce or loss of family members due to death or estrangement • child development issues (health history, or general observation) • extreme or questionable health, mental health, or nutrition issues • changes in otherwise typical behavior • families involved with community agencies where a current family plan exists • children with documented disabilities • other factors which contribute to the family’s inability to deal with stress in a way that is healthy and productive • family literacy issues

    7. Small but significant changes in everyday practices can produce huge results in preventing child abuse and neglect for young children – and helping families stay strong even under stress • When families do better - kids do better. • “Families don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care.” (Wright Edelman)

    8. Adverse childhood experiences are linked to emotional, behavioral, and health problems in adults.

    9. Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development • Social and Emotional Competence • Challenging behaviors, traumatic experiences or development that is not on track require extra adult attention • A Surprise: What children learn in school or other programs goes home to their families

    10. Objectives & Partners • This partnership brings together 13 organizations from 12 countries. • It is a unique opportunity of working together as a team, preventing family “risk factors”. • The Partnership intends to innovate strategies for active social inclusion.

    11. Local programs and parent leaders • are using the same framework to strengthen local programs and local community approaches to supporting families with young children.

    12. Protective Factors are based on building resiliency rather than reducing risk Well-being Permanence Protective Factors Parental resilience Social connections Knowledge of parenting and child development Concrete support in times of need Social and emotional competence of children Protective Capacities Intellectual skills Emotional skills Physical care skills Motivations to protect Social connections Resources such as income, employment or housing Safety Protective Capacities are concrete and identifiable behaviors, emotions, social connections and resources necessary for insuring child safety. Source: Child Welfare Institute

    13. The Protective Factors Framework • Parental Resilience • Social Connections • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development • Concrete Support in Times of Need • Social and Emotional Development

    14. Early Care & Education Domestic Violence Physical Health • Primary healthcare • Safety planning • Education • Screening • Shelter • Health promotion activities • Counseling Families & ProtectiveFactors Children’s Mental Health Targeted special needs programs • Screening and assessment • Early intervention services • Mental Health Consultation • Counseling • Parent/ child activities • Home visits • Assessment • Safety Plng • Substance Abuse trtmt • Support Grps • Group activities • Parent Ed. Home visiting programs Family Resource Centers Child Welfare

    15. Past and Present .. We All Have a Family History

    16. Our families are where we learn some of life’s most important lessons. It’s where we learn our value system, develop our skills of belonging and begin the process of understanding the other human beings we come into contact with.

    17. Approved Family Model Specialist Services <-Cultural Shift -> <-Act Family-> Team Around the Family based upon needs Co-located locality service: • Permanent core team members inc Family Worker • P/t Co-opted team members • Personalised family budgets Family Family Support Worker Improved outcomes Increased resilience, strengths & independence Family Universal Services Targeted Services • Role: • Whole family approach • Delivers direct support • Co-ordinates other services • Outreach in home/community • Assertive intensive support • Small caseloads <-Act Family-> <-Cultural Shift -> 17

    18. Social Connections Relationships with extended family, friends, co-workers, other parents with children similar ages Community norms are developed through social connections Mutual assistance networks: child care, emotional support, concrete help.

    19. Reflective Practice Concrete Experience Active Experimentation Reflective Observation Abstract Conceptualisation After Lewin & Kolb 1984

    20. Learning Journal • Experience • Game, activity, debate etc • Reflect • What happened, why, how do I feel, how would families react? • Conceptualise • Form a plan, create an idea, change your practice • Experiment • Try new methods

    21. Competencies for Active Citizenship Openness Identity Externalization Empowerment Knowledge Values and attitudes • Self expression • Belonging • Attentiveness and sensitivity towards different codes • Negotiation of meaning

    22. Those taking part may be related, or may be connected in other important ways but we are all motivated by one another to explore and understand our world – together!

    23. The main project’s results • The project’s website – 12.2013 • The Local Supporting Groups (local team) - 12.2013 – 07.2015 • The promotional events / seminars - 01.2014 – 07.2015 • The database of good practices - 06.2014 • The motivation and coaching trainings in all partner countries - 09.2014 – 04.2015 • 2 newsletters 12.2013 – 07.2015

    24. Partners’ engagement to the realization of the project as follows: • Partners worked TOGETHER on the assumption data in the project and records in the application. 2. There are ten international partners’ meetings. Meetings will be held by 2 days. Each meeting (except kick-off) will be connected with promotional event and meeting with Local Support Group. 3. After each meeting a minutes will be prepared by hosting institution during 2 weeks after the meeting. 4. Each certificate will be prepared in duplicate. 5. The fixed date does not change !

    25. COMMUNICATION • Mailing list - the theme: • gru_thanks... • The receiving of emails should be confirmed. • Telephones and faxes, skype (in special situation).

    26. System of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) • The forms of the evaluation: - the reports, - the minutes of the meetings, - an evaluation forms (questionnaires), - non formal interview with project’s participants.

    27. Standard dissemination activities • Preparing the project website in EN and in all partner languages. • Press releases, articles/ references in national/ regional entities (if possible). • Update of the network of stakeholders. • Mailings. • Links to the partners' websites. • Creation and update of profiles in Social Media (Facebook,). • Project newsletters. (2 newsletters - on the project website). • Leaflets and posters. Logo and graphical identity. • Personal contacts and presentations through attendance at relevant workshops, seminars ..

    28. NEXT PARTNERS MEETINGS • 12/2013- ? ……ITALY / • 02/2014 – • 02/2014 • 04/2015 - • 07/2015 - • 2/2014 – • 02/2015 • 04/2015 - • 07/2015 • 2/2015 –