The School of Social Work will train teams from different homes for a better childhood – G5noticias

Training began at the university to take place in the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapaca, Antofagasta, Santiago, El Maule and La Araucania.

At the end of 2021, the National Service for the Specialized Protection of Children and Adolescents (Best Children) conducted a study, which indicated that among the most visible problems from the agency’s internal teams was the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. , as well as emotional and behavioral regulation, mental health, and sexually violent behavior. In our region, a total of 15,000 girls, boys and adolescents are cared for in the homes of the Service.
In this sense, the School of Social Work PUCV received a tender for the training and education of professionals and workers who deal directly with housing on the subject of commercial sexual exploitation of girls, boys and young people, which is a recognition of the Interdisciplinary Group of Childhood Studies of this academic unit where academics, researchers and various NGO professionals are articulated.
Along these same lines, training will be held in the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapaca, Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Santiago, El Maule and La Araucania, starting this week at the PUCV with the session entitled “A personal day to address the sexual exploitation of commercial children and adolescents “, which was chaired by the Regional Secretary of Social Development and Family in the Valparaiso Region, Claudia Espinoza.
“We are challenged to implement the system of guarantees for children’s rights and to articulate the promotion of rights, guarantees and protection. In this sense, we aim to articulate all the actors so that they can function as a system. To this end, we need to overcome certain barriers and gaps to encourage cross-sectoral, more articulated work, to encourage a logic of cooperation at work to guarantee rights, which is fundamental, and to change the ways of doing things, to make visible the assets and the learning that the teams have, reinforce them and change some practices,” he said.
For his part, Matias Valdivia, regional director(s) of the Office of Better Childhood in Valparaiso added that the total coverage will be 1,050 regional quotas covering 100% of the workers who work in residences, 34 at the regional level. “The goal is to integrate knowledge and continuous learning. Our region was selected as the first to launch this cycle. We will strive to improve the intervention for children and adolescents who come to the attention of the service”, he pointed out.
SOCIAL WORK: A CONTRIBUTION FROM THE ACADEMY
Before the start of the seminar, the academician of the School of Social Work, Edgardo Toro, held a short meeting with various representatives of Seremi for Social Development, Better Childhood, as well as with the General Director of PUCV’s Environmental Relations, David Contreras.
“It is recognized that residential commercial sexual exploitation of boys, girls and young people exists for a variety of reasons. It appears as a requirement and a way of taking responsibility. The School of Social Work contributes from what we have been able to develop in dialogue with the experience of the regions. In each region, a colloquium will be held with the workers on this issue and two days will be held to distinguish the knowledge they have, to understand the phenomenon and build intervention strategies in subsequent sessions with different groups to see how to apply,” Thoreau added.
Finally, the director general of Liaison with the Environment, David Contreras, thanked the National Service for the Specialized Protection of Children and Adolescents for choosing the PUCV to conduct this training in different regions.
“As a university, we were born linked to Valparaiso with the intention of educating the most vulnerable sectors in the region almost 100 years ago. These types of experiences and relationships are at the core of who we are. We thank the public institutions for believing in us. PUCV is a very diverse and engaged institution. As much as we learn, we will offer a better service to the public authorities in Chile,” concluded Contreras.

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