8th September 2022 from 10 to 11.30 on TEAMS platform

On September 8th, 2022, Cesvi Foundation organizes an EU round table to share experiences on child maltreatment prevention and response in some European countries. The event represents the chance for identifying and reflecting on model of interventions to prevent and combat child maltreatment.

The event is presented within PEARLS for children: an EU funded project that aims at preventing and combating child maltreatment. The project has been implemented since October 2020 in Bergamo (Italy), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Warsaw (Poland) and it will end in September 2022.

The Project promotes a model of intervention based on two main activities being capacity building sessions on Assisted Resilience paradigm, that reached 300 professionals working with kids and families, and the creation of multistakeholder groups that engaged 80 professionals and brought to the drafting of a common strategy on how to prevent and combat child maltreatment locally.  The positive results and the emerging best practices will be presented and discussed to promote the replication of the PEARLS for children’s model in other European countries.

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An assessment conducted in Italy, in Lithuania and in Poland, shows professionals need more tools to deal with children and families exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Ⓒ David Straight

From December to February 2021 PEARLS for children project’s Partners worked on data collection and analysis of needs, gaps and observations collected among Child Protection actors in Italy, Lithuania and Poland. 

The activity involved 108 different professionals from medical and education services, police and social services working with children at risk of any form of maltreatment or abuse in the three countries. 

What emerged from interviews and data analysis is that each child protection professional category involved in the interviews, reported the will to widen knowledge on the psychological functioning of children and families exposed to ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences), to acquire general guidelines and specific tools on ways to observe, to understand and to respond properly to such cases. Moreover, most professionals highlighted their need to overcome the fear of accompanying the children’ disclosure, to change their attitude from blaming to supportive, and to be active in their role and increase their motivation in supporting ACE cases.

In response to these gaps, in 2021 the PEARLS for children will train 315 professionals in Italy, Lithuania and Poland on Assisted Resilience paradigm as to assume the role of Tutor of Resilience for children. Trainees will acquire needed knowledge and tools to recognize the signals of maltreatment, to identify parental risk factors or harmful parent–child interactions, to strengthen children positive potentials, protective internal factors and self-help mechanisms. 

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Ⓒ Annie Spratt

This article written by Francesca Giordano1, Alessandra Cipolla1 and Michael Ungar2 published on March 23rd 2021 on Frontiers in Psychiatry magazine, describes a model for training service providers to provide interventions that build resilience among individuals who have experienced adversity. 

The Tutor of Resilience model emphasizes two distinct dimensions to training: (1) transforming service providers’ perceptions of intervention beneficiaries by highlighting their strengths and capacity for healing; and (2) flexibly building contextually and culturally specific interventions through a five-phase model of program development and implementation.

Tutor of Resilience has been employed successfully with child and youth populations under stress in humanitarian settings where mental health and psychosocial support professionals are required to design and deliver interventions that enhance resilience among vulnerable children.

The Tutor of Resilience model will be applied to trainings delivered within the PEARLS for children project in Italy, Lithuania and Poland, to professionals working within medical services, education sector, social services and police, with children at risk of any form of maltreatment or abuse. 

The trainees will be trained by the two authors Mrs Giordano and Mrs Cipolla.

1 Department of Psychology – Resilience Research Unit, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Largo Gemelli 1, Milan, Italy
2 Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience, Resilience Research Centre Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

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