Title HOPE: Giving hope to victims through vocational guidance and counselling-HOPE
Project Number 516610-LLP-1-2011-1-ES-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Both men and women suffer abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, exploited work), and it is necessary to understand the effects of abuse in order to give the best possible support to guidance-seekers wishing to "return to life" or even start a life they never had before
There has been a number of successful European projects, still being used by vocational guidance counsellors, on target groups with labour market difficulties. These include migrants, refugees, older and younger people, women, low-paid workers and, more generally, people at risk of social exclusion. There is, however, a very large group that cross-cuts all social groups: victims of abuse, both men and women, whether domestic, sexual or labour market exploitation. Early research, confirmed by later work, found that “learned helplessness” is experienced by up to two-thirds of victims, leading to fatalism, lack of confidence, self-esteem and motivation. For many who have escaped the abusive situation, it is necessary to (re)enter the mainstream labour market, both for financial and social reasons; but learned helplessness is a powerful barrier. This is difficult not only for the individual but for vocational guidance services attempting to assist them into education, training and work.
We intend, therefore, as an expert group, to produce training materials, organised into a curriculum, for vocational guidance counsellors. Materials will include case studies, biographies, links, academic articles, and specialised tools and methods for guiding this target group. All will be freely available on the project web site, and a Good Practice Guide will be published in all the project languages.
Through our dissemination and exploitation strategies, we shall reach a large number of guidance services, practitioners, experts, networks and umbrella organisations, not only in the partner countries but throughout Europe, through the Euroguidance Network, our other transnational activities and the involvement of multipliers from non-partner countries at the final conference. From our experience of previous guidance projects, whose sites are still heavily visited, we are confident that this project will have a lasting impact.
The aims of the project are to develop training, supported by a wide range of materials, for new or existing vocational guidance counsellors so that they know how to recognise and deal with the problems of adult clients with a history of abuse that hinders them from becoming self-activated, and understand the importance of networks of practitioners from different fields. The training course, which will be freely available online until at least 2019, will be written by experts and its development will be supported and validated by strategic groups in each country consisting of experts in both guidance and related fields, such as health, social work, police, education and victim support groups. The course will be widely disseminated through strategic networks, locally, nationally and throughout Europe. It will be incorporated into the practice of partners who carry out vocational training and guidance.
One objective is that students of the course will be able to recognise that clients who present with obvious handicaps in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and so on may also carry invisible handicaps engendered by former abuse – and that clients who present with no obvious handicaps but are very difficult to counsel and to support in becoming self-activated may well be victims of abuse. They will learn to recognise the symptoms and to use appropriate methods to mitigate their effect so that such clients are able to become self-activating and make appropriate career decisions concerning vocational learning and employment. They will also recognise and put into practice the importance of networks of practitioners from different areas who encounter victims of abuse, in order to share expertise.
Another objective, essential to the achievement of the former, is to disseminate the course widely among guidance practitioners; to achieve sustainability through the strategic groups and dissemination to the strategic networks; and to incorporate the project results into the practice of partners and multipliers who carry out vocational guidance and training.
The situation previously described will be changed in that there will be a training resource for guidance counsellors faced with victims of abuse to help them to recognise the symptoms and use appropriate counselling methods. This will not change the fact of abuse but will enable its victims to receive an appropriate service in order to access vocational training and employment, and to become self-activated in making important career decisions. A small number of abuse victims will have benefited from our approach in the testing phase but it must be recognised that their rehabilitation is a long process that we in this project cannot attempt.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Management (WP1) and ensuring quality (WP4) occupy the whole project period, including progress and final reports for both and six meetings for all partner organisations.
Exploitation (WP6) planning begins in Month 1 and follows a staged process to the end, culminating in a consortium plan and a multiplier conference.
Dissemination (WP5) begins with planning in month 1, the design and printing of leaflets, the establishment of strategic groups and networks and continues to the end, through ongoing contacts with groups, networks and others and specific dissemination activities when substantial amounts of material have been added to the web site. The final dissemination activity will be a multiplier conference in Vienna to which relevant people from non-partner countries will be invited. The web site will be in place from month 6 and will remain until 2018, and results will be published when each set is complete. The exploitation and dissemination activities will be designed for maximum and lasting impact and sustainability. Each strategic group will contain representatives from health and social services, the police, victim support services and guidance services. The number in each strategic group will depend on the size of the locality but will be at least 5. The numbers in the strategic networks will also vary according to country but mailing lists should include at least 30 targets in the smallest countries. Careers Europe is responsible for dissemination to the Euroguidance Network.
The generation of results and products has been carefully timetabled:
WP2 Research months 2-6, based on original work, published materials, contacts with experts and interviews (including victims of abuse where possible), ending in the second partner meeting in month 7, once interim products in English have been circulated by email and discussed by the strategic groups;
WP2 Preparation of guidance tools and methods in English, months 4-11, carried out by the guidance experts in the group and validated by the strategic groups and at the third partner meeting in month 12;
WP3 Curriculum design in English, months 13-15, carried out by Professor Dr Plant and Dr Clayton – it will be translated and tested by all partners and their strategic groups, then revised.
WP3 Design of the Good Practice Guide at the fourth meeting in month 19, to be validated by strategic groups, and, once any suggested revisions have been accepted and implemented, followed by translation into all languages. Once translated a minimum of 50 copies of the Guides in each language will be printed, for distribution to guidance services and at the multiplier conference. The Guide will also be available for free download from the web site.
Leadership of work packages is shared out on the basis of skill and experience.