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Paulo Delgado

Education Higher School of Porto’s Polytechnic Institute

Currículum vitae

After receiving a PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2003, he obtained the Title of Aggregate in 2010 from the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. Since 2009 he has been a professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He is President of the Pedagogical Council at the School of Education, coordinator of the Master in Administration of Educational Organizations and integrated researcher at inED – Center for Research and Innovation in Education, and member of its Board since 2013. The main areas of research are those related to Pedagogy/Social Education, namely those related to children and young people at risk, the protection system, subjective well-being and rights of the child, participation, residential care, family care and decision making.

Thursday, 30 November at 16:00

“Transition from foster care system to adult life: chances and challenges for foster care”

The increase in poverty, unemployment and inequalities, which the current times are characterized by, make it difficult for young people to obtain the conditions which enable them to live independently and progressively acquire life autonomy.

Compared to the general population, the results of several studies indicate that this transition is even more difficult for young people within the protection systems and in the foster care system, due to the vulnerabilities associated with their life journey, which is characterized, in most cases, by a lower success rate in their training, delays in educational path, as well as behavioral, emotional, health and social difficulties with peers and other adults. It is widely recognized the need for support programs for the empowerment of these young people and to ensure the best conditions for the construction of their effective independence. One of the best indicators of the protection quality is not so much what happens during the stay, but rather the possibility of social inclusion after leaving the system.

In this presentation, and after a brief contextualization of the foster care measures within the Portuguese system of protection of young people at risk, we seek to reflect on the programs, processes and support measures existing in the protection system, as well as on the importance of participation in the transition from residential and family care to life 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