University of Barcelona

Since it was founded in the year 1450, the University of Barcelona (UB) has been a leading centre of education, science and critical thinking. The quality of its teaching and research, which have won recognition both inside and outside Spain, complements its commitment to serve the interests of local society and the country as a whole.

Over 64.000 students enroll each year at one of the UB’s six campuses. The UB proposes 71 bachelor’s degrees, 145 university master’s degrees, 48 doctoral programmes, over 700 postgraduate courses, some 500 on-site, and distance lifelong learning courses. A broad selection of courses are offered, covering the many disciplines that make up the principal branches of knowledge: humanities, health sciences, social sciences, experimental sciences and engineering.

As far as international research is concerned, the University has so far secured funding totaling more than 20 million euros for 61 research projects from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. In the meantime the Health University of Barcelona campus, a campus of international excellence, has received the highest rating possible in the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport’s final evaluation report. The achievements in question, together with active participation in networks such as the League of European Research Universities, the organisation and hosting of the third Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education, and the creation of an Ibero-American University Union, complement and reinforce the University’s institutional policies on research, teaching quality, internationalisation and transferring knowledge to society. The combination of all these factors has paved the way for UB to retain its position of leadership among Spanish universities in the main international rankings.

GReVIA (Group of Research on Children and Youth Victimization) is a research group on child and juvenile victimization linked to the Faculty of Psychology of the UB. It was born in 2009, by the hands of a multidisciplinary team headed by PhD. Noemí Pereda. The members are professionals from the fields of victimology, psychology, criminology and education. GReVIA works on children and youth victimization, psychological evaluation, the study of protection and resilience factors and the epidemiology and methodology of behavioural sciences.

The ultimate goal of GReVIA is to investigate and create new knowledge, without forgetting the applicability of studies and projects to the reality of childhood and adolescence. It usually works with national and international NGOs and institutions linked to childcare and protection.

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Fundacio Vicki Bernadet

The Fundació Vicki Bernadet (FVB) is a non profit organization focused since 1997 in the prevention and attention of the Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Our mission is to walk up beside society towards a future where the children do not suffer sexual abuses.

FVB promotes the quality of life improvement of CSA victims, the integral support and interests defense of victims and their families and especially from those more vulnerable groups (women victims of gender violence, disabled people, etc). FVB works for the society to recognise the existence of CSA as well as to use the necessary tools to prevent, detect and assess it adequately. Furthermore, one of the main aims is to break the silence circle around the issue in order to make any victim that may feel embarrassed or responsible able to find the necessary strength to ask for help.

FVB works at a national level with two offices allocated in Barcelona and Zaragoza. It is a reference organisation in the prevention of CSA and it works through three main departments: the Therapeutic and Legal Centre, the Training and Prevention Department and the Communication Department.

The first one is the centre that attends the demands of the victims and their families. The FVB offers a therapeutic work to support victims in their recovery as well as assessment in legal procedures. In 2017, over 900 new demands were attended. The Training and Raise Awareness Department implement activities, workshops and trainings to inform, assess, prevent and train about CSA. The FVB organises workshops and trainings for vulnerable groups and for professionals working with children and adolescents. Most of the training and prevention work is focused on elementary and secondary school. In 2017 the FVB reached more than 5.000 people through several activities. Finally, the Communication Department works in order to make visible and raise awareness about CSA. The department carries out communication actions through the social networks and through the mass media where it provides quality information in order to overcome the prejudices that still remain in the society about the CSA.

FVB have received several distinctions; Vicki Bernadet was honoured as best social entrepreneur by ASHOKA in 2006; Awarded by the Caixa de Sabadell Foundation in 2008; Awarded by the Barcelona City Council with the 25Th November Award in 2009; the creation of a non-Legislative Proposal for ensuring paedophilia is classified as a crime in the Penal Code; the creation of a non-Legislative Proposal requiring a new study on the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse; New Bill of Rights and Opportunities for Children and Adolescents in the Catalan Parliament; A Manifesto “CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: A SOCIAL PROBLEM”.

FVB is member of the National Childhood Platform and the Federation of Child and Teenager Care Associations.

At international level, FVB is the coordinator of the project titled “BREAKING THE SILENCE TOGETHER”. Academic success for all by tackling CSA in primary schools

of Europe” financed under the Eramus+ programme. This project is aimed to develop a communitarian prevention programme of the CSA in the primary school and several tools addressed to the schools heads, teachers, families and students have been developed in order to tackle it.

University of Padova

The University of Padova (UNIPD) was founded in 1222 and is now one of the top Higher Education Institutions in Italy with approximately 60,000 students. Providing high quality education, fostering research and nurturing international relations are among the top priorities of the University of Padova. The Child and Adolescent Social Development and Well-Being laboratory is located within the Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation and its members have a longstading experience in the field of bullying and peer victimisation.

The main research areas include (i) the interplay of individual correlates (especially in the moral domain) and social processes (friendship networks, normative peer pressure, school climate) associated with aggressive and non-aggressive bystander behaviors (i.e., defenders and passive bystanders), and (ii) the health and psychosocial consequences of involvement in bullying.

From a practice perspective, they have an extensive experience of working with schools and families about the issue of bullying.

The UNIPD fosters an environment which facilitates top-quality scholarship and research, providing leadership in setting research goals for the University, developing and implementing strategies for achieving them, capitalising on the interdisciplinary strength of University research centres, and ensuring that the research infrastructure is robust and responsive to the expanding and ever-changing needs of researchers. A particular effort is being made to enhance collaboration between university research groups and industry, with special emphasis on small and medium enterprises in North-East Italy.

Empowering Children Foundation

The Empowering Children Foundation (ECF) is a Polish NGO that has been active since 1991. The ECF works towards making sure that all children have a safe childhood and are treated with respect for their dignity, as full-fledged human beings. The ECF protects children from abuse and helps those who have experienced violence to help them know their rights, believe in themselves, and enjoy their lives.

The ECF carries out its mission by:

  • Offering psychological and legal help to abused children and their caregivers
  • Teaching children how to avoid violence and abuse
  • Teaching adults how to treat children and how to protect them from abuse
  • Telling adults what to do when they suspect a child might have been abused
  • Influencing the Polish law to ensure the best possible protection of children’s interests

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ICEP Europe

ICEP Europe is an independent training and research institute specialising in high quality online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and university validated diploma programmes for educators and allied professionals. As an organization, ICEP Europe combines extensive expertise and practical experience in the fields of special and inclusive education, psychology, and teacher training with a track record of innovation and excellence. ICEP has been a leader in online learning in Ireland since its inception in 2001 and has established an outstanding reputation for high quality and practical professional development. P4 has created a post graduate Certificate/ Diploma in Inclusive/Special Education with St Patrick’s College (Ireland), an Advanced Diploma in Professional Development (Inclusion Studies) with Queen’s University Belfast (UK) and also a Certificate of Higher Education /Advanced Diploma in Special Education Needs (SEN) with Leeds Metropolitan University (UK). ICEP’s CPD provision has been part-funded by the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic of Ireland and ICEP is a registered CPD provider with Education Scotland. P4 provides online courses to educators in over 50 countries worldwide, and has recently expanded provision into Australia where programmes are accredited by the Institute of Teachers in New South Wales and Victoria. In addition to online training, ICEP Europe also provide consultancy and research services and work closely with the Irish Government and other high profile partners, such as The National Council for Special Educational Needs (Ireland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), the University of Northampton (UK), the National Autistic Society (UK), ACTION for Happiness (UK), and Potential Plus UK. ICEP Europe is also the administrative centre for Project IRIS, a five year longitudinal study funded by the National Council for Special Education (Ireland), exploring the provision of special education in Irish schools. This is the largest research project of it’s kind ever carried out in Ireland, and was conducted in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), and Northampton University (UK). Finally, ICEP has large experience in international projects, participating as partners aand/or coordinators since 2008