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Mafalda Sampaio Malheiro Da Silva

San José de Braga Office

Currículum vitae

Born on 4 January, 1979, in the municipality and district of Braga. Degree in Psychology with pre-specialization in Clinical and Health Psychology by University of Minho. Master in Health Psychology. Post-graduate in Protection and Promotion of Rights of Children and Youth at Risk. She has worked since 2008 at Oficina de S. José as a psychologist. From 2022 as a Technical Director of the Specialized Care Home. From 2012 to date, coordinator of the project “Autonomy – develop and dynamize processes of pre-autonomy and children and young people’s autonomization ” in the Care Home of Oficina de S. José.

Thursday, 30 November at 18:30

“Good practices in transition programs to adult life”

Process(es) and journeys in children and young people’s autonomy in Oficina de S. José (OSJ): children and young people’s autonomy in foster care is a topic with social, political, legal, academic and ethical relevance. The rearrangement of children and young people’s role and status in societies has influenced national and international changes regarding their work autonomy, namely those in the foster care system. The promotion of autonomy should be understood as a children and young people’s right.

When it comes to intervention and interveners, the change in the framework in care homes makes this an even more pressing need. Smaller structures, which resemble a more “family-like” house, allow more individualized work, which fosters a greater autonomy. Also, foster care is increasingly specific, that is, more children and young people are welcomed with specific (educational, cultural, personal, social) needs that require more structured, specialized and technical work. Thus, in this presentation, it is proposed to go on a reflective journey on the processes and journeys developed by Oficina de S. José in the scope of the promotion of children and young people’s rights, especially the right to autonomy.

Amaia Bravo Arteaga

University of Oviedo

Belén Urosa

Comillas Pontifical University

Carlos Rosón

IGAXES - Galicia

Cristina Blanco

Department of Social and Youth Policy of Galicia’s Government

Cristina Segura Talavera

Social Inclusion Director at La Caixa Foundation - Program Incorpora

Cristóbal Ruiz-Román

University of Málaga

Daniel Rijo

University of Coimbra

Diego Jesús Heredia Sánchez

Association Engloba, Andalusia

Guillem Cladera

Natzaret Foundation

Joana Miguelena

University of the Basque Country

João Pedro Gaspar

University of Coimbra and paje - Support Platform to Former Foster Care Youth

Jordi Longás Mayayo

University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona

Jorge Fernández del Valle

University of Oviedo

Juan Carlos Martín Quintana

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Laura García Alba

University of Oviedo

Laura Santos

University of Coimbra

Lidia González Moreno

Itaca Educational Association, Catalonia

Mª Auxiliadora López Fonseca

ASECAL - Castilla y León

Mafalda Sampaio Malheiro Da Silva

San José de Braga Office

Marcos Madrigal

Identidad para Ellos y Ellas - Asturias

María Carme Montserrat Boado

University of Girona

María Escribano

Sustainability/CSR internal communication and culture manager at Alsea - Alsea Group

Núria Diéguez

IGAXES - Galicia

Paula Mesquita

Social Security Institute of Madeira, State Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira

Paulo Delgado

Education Higher School of Porto’s Polytechnic Institute

Ricardo Barroso

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Robbie Gilligan

Trinity College Dublín

Santa Lázaro Fernández

Comillas Pontifical University

Sebastià Cladera Guardiola

Amés Foundation, Balearic Islans

Séraphin Alava

Militants Des Savoirs, Francia

Silvia Diana Jens

Cooperativa Redes - Madrid

Unai Zabala

Agintzari - Basque Country

Victor Martín Solbes

University of Málaga