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Child Welfare and Successful Reunification through the Socio-Educative Process: Training Needs among Biological Families in Spain

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  • M. Angeles Balsells

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    (Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, School of Educational Sciences, University of Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain)

  • Crescencia Pastor

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    (Department of Educational Methods and Diagnostics, School of Education, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Pere Amorós

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    (Department of Educational Methods and Diagnostics, School of Education, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Ainoa Mateos

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    (Department of Educational Methods and Diagnostics, School of Education, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain)

  • Carmen Ponce

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    (Department of Pedagogy, School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Rovira i Virgili University, 43003 Tarragona, Spain)

  • Alicia Navajas

    ()

    (Department of Pedagogy and Psychology, School of Educational Sciences, University of Lleida, 25001 Lleida, Spain)

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    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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    Volume (Year): 3 (2014)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 1-18

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    Handle: RePEc:gam:jscscx:v:3:y:2014:i:4:p:809-826:d:41500
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