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Title: Child Welfare and Successful Reunification through the Socio-Educative Process: Training Needs among Biological Families in Spain
Author: Balsells, M. Àngels
Pastor Vicente, Crescencia
Amorós, Pere
Mateos Inchaurrondo, Ainoa
Ponce, Carmen
Navajas, Alicia
Keywords: Atenció a la infància i a l'adolescència
Necessitats educatives especials
Educació familiar
Child welfare
Special education
Domestic education
Issue Date: 22-Oct-2014
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: 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.
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It is part of: Social Sciences, 2014, vol. 3, num. 4, p. 809-826
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ISSN: 2076-0760
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