Amici dei Bambini’s European Projects and Publications
Amici dei Bambini is strongly involved into the European Cooperation through the participation to European Programmes in order to explore and define new and innovative solutions for children in need, in particular for abandoned children.
Through transnational actions that foster collaboration and exchange between actors of European child protection systems, Amici dei Bambini promotes and/or manages research projects, exchange and mutual learning, social experimentations, design and validation of innovative services in the field of child protection.
Work in progress
ProGuard, is co-financed by European Commission, REC – Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program.
Overall, the project will provide guardians working with unaccompanied children as well as policy makers and governments, with a practical toolkit on professional guardianship supported by a recommendation report on the current state of the art and how to further develop guardianship for unaccompanied children in Europe. Both to be used in practice and for further developing policies.
- Design and diffusion of a toolkit to support guardians in their daily work.
- Train the trainer programs in 6 member states and the Baltic Sea States Region; within this program trainers will learn how to train guardians in the use and the maintenance of the toolkit and in the use of their (inter)national network to solve challenges encountered in the daily work.
- Publication with recommendations that will bring member states closer to professionalised and specialised guardianship (institutions) in connection with child’s rights and the 10 principles for child protection.
- Create a pilot accreditation system, including a number of criteria against which guardians and guardianship systems could be evaluated.
- Dissemination of projects outputs.
ProGuard: ProGuard is co-founded by European Commission, REC program.
Objective: improve guardianship for unaccompanied children at European level, through the exchange of good practices between Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Latvia, Croatia, Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) (11 member states).
Partner: Nidos Foundation (NL), capofila di progetto, Ai.Bi. Associazione Amici dei Bambini, METAdrasi – action for migration & development, Danish Red Cross, Jugendhilfe Süd-Niedersachsen (JSN), Orphans court Latvia, Centre for missing and exploited children (CNZD), Missing Children Europe (MCE), The Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Child Circle.
Outputs to be produced:
- Train the trainer program to implement and share the toolkit for 8 member states and the Baltic Sea States (Member States of CBSS)
- Recommendation report on the current state of the art and how to further develop guardianship for unaccompanied children in Europe, including a country-by-country advice (who could be responsible, how will it fit the local system, possible barriers)
- Pilot Accreditation System (PAS), including a number of criteria against which guardians and guardianship systems could be evaluated.
- Final article ProGuard
- ProGuard recommendation report
- Pilot PAS Report
Alfaca II, is co-financed by European Commission, REC – Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program.
Overall, the project aims to improve reception and care for unaccompanied children by structurally increasing the quality and quantity of family based care (FBC) for them. It will collect and spread practical knowledge about the state of the art on providing FBC for them in the participating countries (BE, GR, CY, IT, HR, NL).
- a situational analysis (supported by field consultation) to collect and spread practical knowledge about the state of the art on FCB in IT, EL, BE, HR, CY, NL, writing of country reports and recommendations to European and national institutions;
- training of at least 200 professionals from 10 Member States to improve sustainability of system on FBC;
- dissemination of projects outputs and results.
Alfaca II: : Alfaca II is co-founded by European Commission, REC program.
Objective: improve reception and care for unaccompanied children by structurally increasing the quality and quantity of family based care (FBC) for them, through the exchange of good practices between Cyprus, Greece, Netherland, Italy, Belgium and Croatia.
Partner: Nidos Foundation (NL), Minor-Ndako (B), Pleegzorg Vlaams-Brabant (B), Mentor-Escale (B), Hope for Children (CY), METAdrasi – action for migration & development (GR), Amici dei Bambini (IT), Centre for missing and exploited children (HR).
The outputs produce are the country report on the state of art of FBC for unaccompanied children (including SWOT analysis) and a recommendation report on next steps to take in order to reached a sustainable system (including an action plan).
Previous Project's Outputs
The Bullying in Institutional Care (BIC) anti-bullying intervention program aims at preventing and contrasting bullying among children and adolescents living in Residential Care settings. The BIC program is inspired to the best practices adopted to contrast bullying in school, such as KiVa in Finland and Notrap! in Italy ((Kärnä et al., 2011; Palladino, Nocentini & Menesini, 2015).
Specific goals of the program:
- Increasing knowledge and understanding of bullying among professionals and children
- Increasing professionals’ self-efficacy to handle bullying situations
- Increasing interpersonal skills (social and emotional in particular) among all children and adolescents
- Enhancing problem-solving strategies and adaptive coping skills among all children
- Encouraging bystanders’ to help the victim
- Reducing bullying and electronic forms of bullying among children and adolescents
BIC: Bullying in institutional care was co-funded by European Commission, DG Justice – REC Program (2016-2018).
Goal: preventing and combating bullying in residential care settings through children empowerment and by encouraging greater collaboration between peers in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and France.
Partners & Associates: Ai.Bi. Associazione Amici dei Bambini (Italy), Comune di San Giuliano Milanese (Italy), UNIFI (Italy),University Babes-Bolyai (Romany), GDSACP Dist 1 Bucharest (Romany), Nadia (Bulgaria), New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Ecole Samuel (France), EADAP (Greece), Katholische Hochschule NRW (Germany)
Turku University (Finland), Istituto Innocenti.
The BIC program is not meant to last for a defined period. Instead, it should be part of the ongoing Institutional anti-bullying policy and can be a permanent program carried out in the education plan of the RCs.
In each toolkit you will find the handbook for applying the program and the tool for children involved.
For kids: children age from 6 to 11
For teens: children age from 12 to 18.
Before apply the program and download material read carefully the Manual for trainers, an easy self training tool.
The outcome evaluation of a program is of paramount importance in order to determine the effectiveness of a program and ways in which it can be improved. In particular, among the different evaluation technique, a before-and-after approach has been chose to evaluate BIC program outcomes, which consist of measures before and after the workshops and other activities, in order to assess any learning related to the program.
BIC SELF-EVALUATION GUIDE
By giving out a questionnaire on a before-and-after basis to those who took the training, analysis can determine the effectiveness of the program. Even though standardized questionnaires are easier to use, it is advisable to use measuring instruments that are specifically suited to the aims and contents of the training. Therefore, the questionnaire that has been used to evaluate BIC program was specifically designed.
For preventing and contrasting bullying among children and adolescents living in Residential Care settings a set of communication tools for increasing awareness and for promoting proactive behavior was designed and realized together children involved into activities of BIC project.
Through a mixing technique among theatre components, video making, expression of himself through drawing, photo making and storytelling, a specialist leaded the work of children in residential care who had the opportunity to tell their point of view.
Very interesting how children from different country conceive what the bullying is.