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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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dc.contributor.author Balsells, M.A., Pastor, C., Amorós, P., Mateos, A., Ponce, C., & Navajas, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-29T15:20:08Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-29T15:20:08Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Balsells, M.A., Pastor, C., Amorós, P., Mateos, A., Ponce, C., & Navajas, A. (2014). Child Welfare and Successful Reunification through the Socio-Educative Process: Training Needs among Biological Families in Spain. Social Sciences, 3(4), 809-826. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/3/4/809
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/2009
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Social Sciences en_US
dc.subject reunification en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Spain en_US
dc.subject biological family training en_US
dc.subject educational needs en_US
dc.subject child protection en_US
dc.subject child welfare system en_US
dc.title Child Welfare and Successful Reunification through the Socio-Educative Process: Training Needs among Biological Families in Spain en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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