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Schools That ‘Open Doors’ to Prevent Child Abuse in Confinement by COVID-19

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Department of Comparative Education and Education History, University of Valencia, Av. Blasco Ibáñez 30, 46010 València, Spain
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Department of Pedagogy, University of Girona, Pl. Sant Domènec, 9, 17004 Girona, Spain
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Department of Pedagogy, Rovira i Virgili University, Ctra. de Valls, s/n, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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School of Social Education and Social Work Pere Tarres, Ramon Llull University, Carrer Santaló, 37, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4685; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114685
Received: 30 April 2020 / Revised: 4 June 2020 / Accepted: 5 June 2020 / Published: 8 June 2020
Background: Due to the expected increase in child abuse during the period of COVID-19 confinement, it is essential that social researchers and other professionals work together very quickly to provide alternatives that protect children. To respond to this extremely urgent demand, evidence-based actions are presented that are being carried out in nine schools in the autonomous communities of Valencia and Murcia, Spain, during the confinement with the goal of “opening doors” to foster supportive relationships and a safe environment to prevent child abuse. Methods: The research was conducted through the inclusion of teachers who are implementing these actions in dialogue with the researchers to define the study design, analysis, and discussion of the results. Results: Knowledge regarding six evidence-based actions is provided: (1) dialogic workspaces, (2) dialogic gatherings, (3) class assemblies, (4) dialogic pedagogical gatherings with teachers, (5) mixed committees, and (6) dynamisation of social networks with preventive messages and the creation of a sense of community, which are being implemented virtually. View Full-Text
Keywords: child abuse; COVID-19; prevention child abuse; COVID-19; prevention
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Roca, E.; Melgar, P.; Gairal-Casadó, R.; Pulido-Rodríguez, M.A. Schools That ‘Open Doors’ to Prevent Child Abuse in Confinement by COVID-19. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4685.

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