May 22, 2012
The International Network of Street Social Worker’s Training Technical Group met in Pessac (Gironde, France) from 9 to 13 April 2012. Created by Dynamo International in 2011 to encourage training in the field of street work in Europe, this group’s task is to draw up a training curriculum and a skills profile for street social workers.
The Group was represented in Pessac by a delegation from Dynamo Internationalwith expertise in the field of training. This meeting was organised by Philippe Roux, director of Action Jeunesse Pessac, an association of street educators, with the support of Jean-Michel Viala fromthe Association de prévention spécialisée Fédéric Sévène(Fédéric Sévène Association of Specialist Prevention) in Talence,andof Alain Gois from theService de prévention spécialisée de l’association laïque du PRADO 33(Specialist prevention service from the Secular Association PRADO 33), (Bordeaux, France).
A conference was held at the Condorcet Centre in Pessac, with Adeline Gouttenoire (President of the Departmental Observatory on Child Protection, Lecturer at University Montesquieu IV and Director of the Institut des mineurs [Institute of Minors] in Bordeaux) and Marie-Christine Michaud (Director of the Service Insertion Autonomie du Conseil Général [Independent Inclusion Department of the Regional Council). The project for a “university qualification in child protection” was extensively developed and discussed by people in attendance.
Several field visits were organised according to the following four themes:training for young people, international socio-educational exchanges, welcoming people from the travelling and Roma communities and collective action in social housing areas.
Enriched by these grassroots experiences, the Training Group meeting provided an opportunity to discuss views and gather information so that the International Network of Street Social Workers can take a coherent stance during the process of creating its Training Institute.