IGAXES – Galicia
Carlos Rosón Varela.
Degree in Law.
Master’s Degree in Management and Direction of Social, Cultural and Socio-Health Entities.
Master’s Degree of Marketing, Consultancy and Political Communication.
Esade Executive Education in Management and Direction of NGOs, and Leadership and Social Innovation.
General Director of Igaxes (www.igaxes.org). President of the Youth and Inclusion Federation (www.joveneseinclusion.org).
Director of the Faia Center for Research and Social Documentation belonging to the Trebol Foundation of Social Initiative (www.fundaciontrebol.org).
He was a professor at the School of Social Work at Santiago de Compostela’s university and coordinator and professor of different Master’s degrees, Postgraduates and Specialization Courses on Autonomy of Youth in the Protection System at the Universities of Santiago, Vigo and Malaga.
Author of several publications on Youth at Risk of Exclusion (New Online Pornography, School Success and Autonomy of Youth from the Protection System) (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos-Roson)
“Good practices for social networks of support and participation”
Strengthening the social support network for young people in the protection system: References Program. During adolescence most people have go-to people (reference people) within our family, but not all youngsters in care have this key network. The adults who are part of their lives belong to the system of protection of minors, which is why they need people outside the social education world who can be role models for them. Therefore, these minors need to expand their social network with lasting and quality relationships.
The youth who participate in the References project are about to leave the child protection system. Emancipation is close and they face it without the irreplaceable support of their family. On their path to adulthood, full of insecurity and uncertainties, their go-to people must be their companions, serve as support and make them confident. The involved youth need adults who will support them and trust them, accept them and make them feel that they are important to them. Most had very few opportunities in life to feel this way. In this presentation the strengths, weaknesses, and the challenges that this mentoring model poses will be addressed.