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Title: How can school help victims of violence? Evaluation of online training for European schools’ staff from a multidisciplinary approach
Author: Greco, Ana Martina  
Bartolome, Marina
Pereda, Noemí  
Others: Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estudis de Dret i Ciència Política
Fundació Vicki Bernadet
Citation: Greco, A.M., González-Pío, C., Bartolomé, M. & Pereda, N. (2022). How can school help victims of violence? Evaluation of online training for European schools' staff from a multidisciplinary approach. PLoS ONE, 17(8), 1-21. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0272872
Abstract: The interventions used to prevent or treat violence against children, particularly sexual abuse, tend to only consider the target audience as their main source of data. We tested the effect of an online training for school staff members in Europe through three studies. In Study I, we interviewed 5 adult women (Mage = 49.2, SD = 5.81) who were victims of sexual abuse during childhood to assess what school could have done during that time to protect them. Through Study II, we collected data on 66 school staff members to assess feasibility (based on quantitative indicators) and to explore the changes they would make to their everyday practice due to the training course (using qualitative analysis). In Study III, we used network analysis to assess to what extent the actions described by school staff in Study II met the needs expressed by the victims in Study I. Findings of Study I revealed new proposals from the victims’ perspective, such as working with the perpetrators. Study II showed the feasibility of training and identified five types of action that school staff members will include in their everyday working dynamics due to the training: detection (e.g., Greater attention to relationships with peers), reporting (e.g., Now I know that suspecting a case of child abuse is enough to report), everyday practices (e.g., Introducing a calming space), changes at school level (e.g., Propose the training course to the school management team) or practices that could belong to more than one category (e.g., Greater awareness of the activities undertaken by the school). Study III provided evidence that some of these changes (e.g., reporting without looking for proof) were in line with some of the victims’ expectations (e.g., listen to the children). We also identified gaps that need to be further developed.
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Version: info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Issue Date: 15-Aug-2022
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