Objectives

 

The intent of this session is to clarify how every strategy of protection could consider the context as a dimension able to stimulate and produce vulnerability or on the contrary to value the resources available and the child resilience.

The grade of vulnerability of a human being is not only determined by endogenous characteristics, but also by the availability and shortage of opportunities in the referral context. From this point of view the grade of vulnerability can be interpreted as the chance or not to rely on resources,  opportunities and protection mechanisms provided by the context of interaction.   

This idea of vulnerability implies the perception that the personal difficulties and problems can be overcome through effective counteracting interventions, which a systemic model of prevention, protection and empowerment should be able to provide.  Following this approach, the identification and assessment of the available resources, as well as the structural factors that influence the risk and resilience of the child are central aspects of each possible strategy and intervention.

 

Learning objectives for participants

  • To understand the concept of vulnerability not only determined by personal endogenous characteristics, but also by the availability of opportunities and protection mechanisms
  • To familiarise with the identification of context related factors which could contribute to make a child vulnerable or to increase his/her vulnerability  
  • To understand the importance of identifying and assessing the available resources and structural factors that influence the risk and resilience of the child as central aspects in the planning and implementation of strategy and intervention

 

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