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Aurora Llorente Cerezo
Language, Mathematics, Environmental Awareness
Identification of students’ at risk
The case took place in Aguilar de la Frontera, Córdoba, 15 years ago.
The main protagonist of the story is a student, he was a 9 years old, faculty of the student, the student's family, the doctor of the municipality where the student lives and social services.
The student is part of a family at risk of social exclusion is physically abused by her stepfather and not feed him. It eats only once a day in the school cafeteria, so students fainted one day in class for lack of food, and when the teacher realizes that the situation has been repeated frequently. From the school's move to the clinic, where the doctor certifies that you have a situation of malnutrition. And it is from there that are pruned in contact with social services.
Since that made ​​the complaint to the school juvenile court student status, and social services are trying to work with the family, but this attitude is negative.
Students receive support from their peers, colleagues. Besides managing the school and parents was very important, as was unanimous by all sectors involved, as this is a very serious case and child be well-liked by everyone in the school.
Finally I had to remove the custodial parent and enter the minor and his two younger brothers in a juvenile facility.
Finally, is the rapid action of the relevant departments to solve the case.

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Date: 2014.05.30

Posted by Gabriela Adomnica (Romania)

Message: There are many such cases in my country, too. Unfortunately, the authorities here are reluctant to separate the children from their families, which is in many cases detrimental to those children development, and it even led to dramatic endings. It is also a huge responsibility that school should take.

Date: 2014.05.21

Posted by Luciano Luongo E-MAIL ADDRESS: [email protected] (Istituto " Datini " Prato Italy)

Message: The case reported is an example of a proper functioning of the bureaucratic machine, from the identification of the problem of abuse and violence to the foster care of the student. A streamlined and efficient bureaucracy allows you to find solutions for extreme situations or situations of danger for the teenager, but the steps must be clearly understood and defined. Various elements lead teachers and adults to understand abnormal situations or uneasiness that their students may experience. It is not mere speculation, but precise data and findings that should lead adults to deepen the situation of the student in trouble and evaluate the possibility of an intervention . The timing of the intervention is crucial in these cases: sometimes procrastination can cause physical or psychological harm or destroy the helpless victims. The proper functioning of the school and social " watches " , social services and the juvenile court, are all gears of the same system , with well - defined roles which must work closely together, in order to avoid the bureaucratic machine jams or slows down its course .

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Date: 2014.05.02

Posted by Aspasia Kotsoni (Greece)

Message: It is sad children at such a young age to be malnourished .
It had to be done something very radical and the teacher took actions very wisely.

20 December 2014

Final Partners’ meeting

The fourth partners’ meeting took place in Florence (IT) on 15 December 2014. The meeting had the objective to check the activities carried out since the third meeting of the project and share and assess the in progress results. A special focus has been dedicated to the presentation of the strategies to solve the case scenarios.