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Child welfare and successful reunification the socio-educative process: needs to training of biological familiy in Spain
Balsells, M. Àngels; Pastor Vicente, Crescencia; Amorós, Pere; Mateos Inchaurrondo, Ainoa; Ponce, Carmen; Navajas, Alicia
In Spain, an average of 480 children per 100,000 is receiving some type of temporary care, and the reunification process is typically lengthy. Providing the biological family with specific training as part of the reunification process is key to solving this problem. Although previous research and social policy have emphasized the importance of such training to reunification, the training has not been fully implemented in Spain. This study investigates the specific training needs during the transition phase of the reunification process in which the child prepares to return home. The data were obtained from focus groups and through semi-structured interviews with 135 participants: 63 professionals from the Child Protection System and 42 parents and 30 children who have undergone or are currently undergoing reunification. A qualitative methodology and Atlas.ti software were used to analyze the interview content. The results indicate three specific training needs: (a) understanding the reasons for reunification and the reunification phases; (b) empowerment strategies; and (c) social support. These findings suggest the best practices for formulating specific support programs for this population during the reunification transition period.
2014
Reunification
Biological family training
Educational needs
Child welfare system
Child protection
Intervenció educativa
Infants -- Protecció, assistència, etc.
Adolescents -- Protecció, assistència, etc.
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