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The bicycle helmet campaign aimed to give children reasons to use bike helmets, know the dangers of not using them, and feel that they are “cool” when they use them. The helmet was portrayed as something attractive so that everybody felt like using it. All the children participating in the campaign used helmets during the campaign period. Children with unfashionable or no helmets were able to borrow a new model of their choice from the county, and at the end of the campaign, could purchase the helmet for a reduced price. Enrolled schools received free educational materials, bicycle helmets, questionnaires and materials for competitions between classes. The campaign encouraged children and teachers to have class discussions and sought to involve parents in supporting its goals. Educational material consisted of four booklets that explained danger in traffic and taught some simple rules on how to handle dangerous situations while cycling.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, the Educational Welcome Facility (EBE) began in two cities of Catalonia (Vic and Reus). The EBE is defined in the Resolution EDU/3072/2008 as a transitional facility for the support of children and their families. It serves the school population of between 8 and 16 years of age while they wait for a definite school assignment.
This administrative facility, co-managed by the Generalitat and the town council, has the twin function of orientating children and their families both to the educational system and to the town. The present article contains some of the results about the evaluation of these facilities. The research team was made up of members of two different Research Groups: GREUV from the University of Vic, and EMIGRA from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Each team carried out research in one of the two cities (Vic and Reus) where a new Educational Welcome Facility had been established.
The study provides empirical evidence to the possibilities and limits of the EBE and presents conclusions about: a) the public policy sense, b) the relationship with other welcoming local resources, c) the educational work with children, youth and families, and d) the process of integration in schools.
Two training methods were developed to teach young cyclists how to behave in priority situations. One method was developed along the lines of the modelling principle. In earlier studies it was shown that this method is effective in teaching crossing strategies to young pedestrians. The other training method was based upon Anderson’s Adaptive Control of Thought (ACT) theory, which describes the development of cognitive skills by proceduralisation and composition of behaviour and knowledge elements into automatic behaviour sequences. Two groups of children were trained with one of these methods. A control group did not receive traffic-related training in that period. The effect of the training was assessed by a knowledge test and a behaviour test.
INCANT was a multisite randomized controlled trial targeting adolescents with cannabis use disorders and other behavioural problems. Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) was selected rather than Treatment as Usual (TAU), for its special focus on adolescents with behavioural and psychosocial problems. MDFT is non‐profit, outpatient, and it focuses on social systems that are important to a youth, including parents and family; school and work; peers and friends.
The New Parent Project has been developed in response to the identified need to improve the emotional health and wellbeing outcomes for children. Working in collaboration with the statutory, voluntary and community sectors, new parents who are at risk of a range of social complexities are invited to participate in an intensive home visiting programme. Beginning the programme at 20 weeks gestation, the home visiting continues until the child is 2 years old. The overarching aim of the project is to help parents raise securely attached children, whilst promoting maternal health, emotional wellbeing, and parental self-efficacy. The programme also offers mothers (and fathers or appropriate main care giver) education and support regarding their infants’ communications and brain development, therapeutic help if, for example, post natal depression or lifestyle issues etc. are affecting the attachment relationship.