Martin Goyette




Martin Goyette holds a PhD in Social Work from Laval University (Canada). He is a tenured lecturer at the National School of Public Administration (ENAP), holder of the Canada Research Chair in Assessment of Public Actions with respect to Youth and Vulnerable Populations (CREVAJ) and holder of the Chair of the Quebec Youth Research Network (CRJ) - Health and Well-Being Section. He also leads the Longitudinal study on the future of young people in Quebec and France (EDJeP) and co-manages the implementation of a new model for the organisation of youth mental health services (Open area) at the CISSS in Laval and Montréal. His lines of research focus on the education of young people leaving the care system, the participation of young people in the organisation and delivery of services, as well as the analysis of forms of public action, the analysis of social networks and intersectoral youth action through transitions to adulthood. Internationally, Martin Goyette co-represents Canada in INTRAC (International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care). He is the author of several books, chapters and scientific articles on topics related to his lines of research.

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Carme Montserrat Boada



Carme Montserrat Boada holds a PhD, and is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Psychology at the University of Girona and Vice-Dean. She coordinates the Liberi, Infancia, Juventud y Comunidad research group at the Institut de Recerca Educativa (IRE). She previously worked in child protection at Barcelona City Council and was a consultant for the Council of Europe. Her main areas of research concern childhood and adolescence in the protection system, both in family and residential care, as well as studies related to young people in foster care, and she leads research projects at national and international level. She is the author and co-author of numerous books and book chapters, as well as articles in scientific journals. She is a member of the International Association of Outcome-Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services.

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Igor Sánchez Álvarez 


Igor Sánchez Álvarez has a teaching diploma in "Special Education" from the University of Valladolid, and a degree in Pedagogy from the Pontifical University of Salamanca. Coordinator of the "Transit Programme" for the social and labour integration of young people leaving the care system, managed by the Isos Foundation (Institute for Training and Research on Social Sustainability), and framed within the 16 -21-year-old Autonomy Plan of the Directorate General for Childhood, Families and Births of the Community of Madrid. Vice-Chairperson and member of the Board of Directors of FEPA (Federación de Entidades con Programas y Pisos Asistidos). Previous experience as an educator in children's homes (Asociación Mensajeros de la Paz), in the ASECAL therapeutic unit with adolescents under guardianship (Castilla y León), in a Diagrama Foundation centre for the implementation of judicial measures, and as an educator in an open environment with minors under guardianship (Asociación Trama).

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Jo Dixon



Jo Dixon is a researcher and co-director of the Child Welfare Research Group in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, England. She has carried out research relating to children and young people in care, as well as those leaving care. She has conducted research on these issues in government and charity funded projects in England, Scotland and Ireland and assessments of innovative and practical policies for actions aimed at improving outcomes and support for foster children and young people leaving the care system. She is the author and co-author of numerous books and book chapters, as well as articles in scientific journals.

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Catherine Blaya




Catherine Blaya is Senior Lecturer and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Côte d'Azur University in Nice. She is Lead Researcher at LASALE (Laboratoire Accrochage Scolaire et Alliances Educatives) and member of the Scientific Committee of the Observatory of the social, economic and technical impact of AI - Côte d'Azur University. Her lines of research have mainly focused on issues related to education, relationships between young people, violence in the classroom, bullying and cyberbullying, among others. She has participated in various international and national research projects. She is also author and co-author of several books, book chapters and articles in specialised and indexed journals.


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João Paulo Ferreira Delgado




João Paulo Ferreira Delgado holds a degree in Law and a PhD in Education Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela. He has been assistant professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, as well as coordinator of the Master's Degree in Education and president of the Pedagogical Council since 2017. He is a member of the research group Contextos, quotidianos e bem-estar da criança of the Centro de Investigação em Estudos da Criança (CIEC), University of Minho and collaborating member of the research group in Social Pedagogy and Environmental Education of the University of Santiago de Compostela. His lines of research are focused on Educational Policies; Educational Administration; Children's Rights; Family Welcoming; Decision-making in protection systems; Subjective well-being of children and young people.


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Abdel Mounaim Hourre





Abdel Mounaim Hourre is an intercultural social mediator for the Spanish Red Cross. He currently works as an intercultural mediator in the Federation of Pinardi Social Platforms and collaborates as a young protection graduate with the Isos Foundation and its Transit Program. He has developed intercultural mediation functions in the SAMU Foundation and as a monitor in school farms.







Cristóbal Ruiz-Román





Cristóbal Ruiz-Román is Professor of Social Pedagogy in the Department of Theory and History of Education and MIDE at the University of Malaga, Spain. He lectures in the Degree in Social Education and in the Master’s Degree in Social Change and Educational Professions at the same University. He has directed several research projects in the field of resilience and educational support. He has written several papers on these topics in journals such as the British Journal of Social Work, The European Journal of Social Work, Children's Geographies, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Revista de Educación, and Cultura y Educación, among others. He is a member of the Ibero-American Society of Social Pedagogy. He is currently a member of the European Project "LEMA" (Learning from the margins).

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Teresita Bernal Romero


Teresita Bernal Romero holds a PhD in Educational Theory and Social Pedagogy and a Master's Degree in Educational Research and Innovation from the UNED, Spain. She holds a Master's Degree in Clinical and Family Psychology from the Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia. Her research has focused on the field of childhood, youth and family, especially on issues related to bonds, autonomy and resilient processes of children, adolescents and young people with social difficulties. She has participated in national and international projects on these issues, funded by the universities themselves and public and private entities. Her research work has been conducted in two research groups: TABA (International Research Group on Social Inclusion and Rights - UNED) and Life Cycle Psychology and Rights (University of Santo Tomás). She is a lecturer with more than 25 years' experience in degree, master's and doctoral courses and currently collaborates with the Universidad Camilo José Cela in Spain, the International University of La Rioja and the Santo Tomás University in Colombia.

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Verónica Regina Muller




Verónica Regina Muller holds a PhD and is a lecturer at the State University of Maringá, Brazil. She is President of AESMAR- Association of Social Educators of Maringá and an educator in MNMMR- Movimento Nacional de Meninos e Meninas de Rua (National Movement of Street Boys and Girls). She is also a member of the PCA/UEM- Programa Multidisciplinar de Estudos, Pesquisa e Defesa da Criança e do Adolescente (Multidisciplinary Programme of Study, Research and Defence of Children and Adolescents) of the State University of Maringá, Brazil.

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Jorge Fernández del Valle




Jorge Fernández del Valle is Professor of Psychosocial Assistance in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oviedo. He began working as a social educator and later as a psychologist at youth centres in the 1980s. He was also a psychologist in the Family Assistance Programme of the Oviedo City Council until he joined the University of Oviedo full time in 1992. He is Director of the University's Family and Childhood Research Group, whose main line of research is the development of tools for the assessment of the quality of services for unprotected children, particularly in residential and family foster care programmes, as well as support programmes for young people leaving foster care, such as PLANEA. The GIFI also conducts a wide range of training activities for professionals in these fields.

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Ikhlas Seddik




Ikhlas Seddik is a student of Social Education at the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea. She has been a promoter of the Programme for University Academic Success-Arrakasta, which aims to promote the academic success of young people in foster care and leaving the care system. She has also participated in two projects related to the rights of children and adolescents as well as the transition to adult life of young people leaving the child and adolescent protection system.

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Mariana Andrea Incarnato




Mariana Andrea Incarnato has a degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires (AUB), a Master's degree in "Design and management of social policies and programmes" and a Postgraduate Diploma in "Support for families and children in situations of social difficulty and child protection. Mistreatment and abuse in childhood" from the AUB. She is the founder of Asociación Civil Doncel, and was its Executive Manager from 2010 to 2019, and she also founded the Latin American Network of Young People leaving the Care System which has 12 countries as members. Mariana is an activist on issues related to children and adolescents without parental care in the region and has been a driving force behind the law on assisted release from care, which has been in force nationwide in Argentina since 2017. She is currently a consultant for various organisations such as UNICEF and an advisor to the legislature of the City of Buenos Aires. She teaches in the Master's Degree in Youth Studies at FLACSO Argentina.

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Sandra Leopold Costábile



Sandra Leopold Costábile holds a PhD in Social Sciences, specialising in Social Work (University of the Republic, Uruguay), a Master's degree in Social Work (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and University of the Republic). She is a specialist in Social Policies (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic), Social Worker (University of the Republic), full-time lecturer and researcher at the Department of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic, Co-Coordinator of the Diploma in Juvenile Criminality (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic) and of the R&D Research Group: Studies on Adolescent Crime, CSIC, UDELAR. She is a member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Fronteras, an Active Researcher (Level I) in the National System of Researchers of the National Agency for Research and Innovation on issues related to childhood, adolescence and family, and was a Social Worker at the National Institute for Children and Adolescents of Uruguay during the period 1990-2011.

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Alberto Díaz López






Alberto Díaz López is a psychologist and social educator, specialized in psychotherapy and clinical psychology. He has worked as a psychologist at the Landalan Association, in child-youth intervention programs of the Department of Social Action of the Diputación de Vizcaya, since 2001. Collaborating professor at the University of Deusto and the Cruz Roja.






Mikel Castander Sánchez




Graduated in Social Education from the University of the Basque Country and currently director of the GazteOn SareLan program and programs aimed at the inclusion of young people. He has designed and developed different projects related to the transition to adult life given his career as a social educator in the field of child and adolescent protection and the social inclusion of young adults in the territory of Guipúzcoa.