Jesús Jiménez Morago

University of Sevilla

Children and Adolescents with Protective Measures in the Educational System: From Research to Inclusion

Participantes: Isabel Bernedo1; Pablo Carrera2; Isabel Cáceres2 and Carme Montserrat3

1University of Malaga; 2University of Seville; 3University of Girona

Symposium Summary

In Spain, as in many other countries, children and adolescents with protective measures such as adoption, foster care and residential care attend daily and are trained in primary and secondary schools. It is a population group with special vulnerability given the adversity situations and abuse they suffered before entering in the protection system. Despite being a very diverse and sensitive group of students who has much to contribute within the framework of an integrating and inclusive school, they have only begun to be visible to teachers and the educational community in recent years. On the contrary, for a long time they have been educationally forgotten, when not labelled or doomed, in many cases, to failure, being expelled prematurely from the educational system. In this context, different studies highlighted the high frequency of educational and behavioural problems, as well as the social integration difficulties with their peers that many of these children suffer. In this symposium, some of the most recent contributions of research in relation to adopted children, in foster care and residential care in the educational field will be presented and the response that educational system should give to their needs will be reflected. Beyond the necessary protection, it is up to the educational system to become the great lever, the great opportunity that these boys and girls need, together with their welcoming or adoptive families and their educators of the centres provide, to recover from the suffered adversity and positively reorient their vital trajectories.

Short CV

Senior Lecturer in Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Seville. He has long experience studying the consequences of adversity and protective measures. He has led different research projects, as well as numerous contracts and agreements with public administrations and private entities to investigate and develop intervention programmes in foster care and adoption. Among the latter, the Journey to my History programme about identity and life history of foster care minors and, the Understand me, teach me. Guide for educational care for students in situations of foster care, adoption and residential carel are highlighted. Also, he is the author of numerous books, impact scientific articles and publications on child abuse and protective measures. Currently, he is an academic in several master's degrees teaching about adversity situations and protection measures. He is a member of the research team of a longitudinal study with adopted children and a reviewer in prestigious national and international journals. He has participated in numerous national and international congresses and has given many conferences, courses and training activities aimed at researchers and children protection professionals.

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