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Children and Adolescents at Risk

Code: 101682 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500260 Social Education OT 3 2
2500260 Social Education OT 4 2


Josefina Sala Roca

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Adrià Pagés Mimó


The student should have taken in some of the knowledge and abilities from other subjects before enrolling this course. So, we strongly encourage students to have previously taken the following courses:


  • Psychobiological Aspects of the Person (1st year)
  • Development and Educational Psychology (1st year)
  • Communication and Educational Interaction (1st year)
  • Sociopolitical Basis of Education (2nd year)
  • Education of Children and Young Adults (3rd year)

Objectives and Contextualisation

This course aims to go in depth in one of the most important professional areas of social educators, the children and youth protection. Previously the students has done a compulsory course that is a the basis of the social educators’ interventions with children and adolescents.

The general formative goals of this subject are:

  • To analyse the main social risk factors in childhood and adolescence and its effects on their development
  • To reflect on Children protection system, its services, legislation and intervention programs
  • To analyse the factors that promote resilience in children and youth in risk situations
  • To analyse the interventions and programs that are implemented by different children protection agencies
  • To analyse the role of the social educator in the children and youth protection


    Social Education
  • Accompany people in their processes of growth and emancipation.
  • Adopt ethical behaviour and attitudes and act according to the ethical principles of the profession.
  • Apply the socio-emotional skills needed to manage human relations.
  • In an articulated manner, design plans, programs, projects, activities and tasks in various socio educational contexts.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude to the environment (natural, social and cultural) to promote values, behaviour and sustainable practices that address gender equality, equity and respect for human rights.
  • Make changes to methods and processes in the area of knowledge in order to provide innovative responses to society's needs and demands. 
  • Master the theoretical and applied knowledge of Educational Sciences to develop the capacity for analysis and observation of the social and educational reality.
  • Promote autonomy among participants and seek a balance between roles as advisor, facilitator and promoter of socio-educational dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse the dysfunctions that occur in the development of children and adolescents at risk as a result of situations social and family breakdown.
  2. Analyse the ethical aspects of social education in the field of childhood.
  3. Analyse the socio-emotional skills required for working with children and adolescents at risk.
  4. Design and apply specific interventions for children at risk.
  5. Develop strategies to foster resilience processes.
  6. Guiding and accompanying unprotected children in their development processes and processes of integration into autonomous life.
  7. Maintain an attitude of respect, practices and behaviors that address diversity and equality.
  8. Understand the social risk factors in childhood and adolescence.
  9. Understand the specific legislation affecting the protection of children at risk.
  10. Weigh up the risks and opportunities of both one's own and other people's proposals for improvement.


  1. Main factors of social risk in childhood and adolescence and its effects on the development
  2. Abuse and maltreatment in childhood and adolescence
  3. The resilience in childhood and adolescence
  4. Legal frame and institutional frame:

4.1.Principles that regulate the children protection laws and politics

4.2.Social services for children and adolescents

  1. Adoption and foster: types, process, family assistance, etc.
  2. Children and adolescents and their transition to adulthood: working net, programs and interventions
  3. Prevention and protection: interventions from the community area and specialised services


The methodology will be participative. Apart from the teacher explanations, case studies, text discussions, exercises and debates, will be proposed.

The autonomous activities will be object of the formative assessment.


* The proposed teaching methodology and assessment may change depending on the protection needs and the restrictions on attendance imposed by the health authorities.

Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Case studies, deepening in specific topics, professional invited seminars, debates and group discussions 20 0.8 2, 3, 1, 8, 4, 7, 6
Teacher explanations about basic topics and complementary information, exposition and debates about the students activities, shared knowledge creation… 30 1.2 2, 3, 1, 8, 9, 5, 7, 6
Type: Supervised      
Individual and group tutorials 15 0.6 4
Type: Autonomous      
Text readings, search and analysis of information, projects, case studies and assessment activities 45 1.8 2, 3, 1, 8, 9, 5, 4, 7, 6, 10


The assessment will include three evidences:

  • Exams will be 30% + 30% of the final mark. Have pass the continous assessment and assisted to the 80% of the sessions are mandatory for doing the exam.
  • Project will be 30% of the final mark. Any plagiarism will provoke the fail on the subject.
  • Exercices and learning activities that will be delivered along the course and that will be 10% of the final mark.

To pass the subject students must pass all the evidences

If the Student fail the exam he/she will have another opportunity on July. Only the students that have made the exam and have pass the project and the continous assessment are elegible for this remedial exam. The maximum mark in this remedial assessment will be 5.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Exercices and learning activities (individual tasks) 10% 8 0.32 1, 8, 9, 5, 4, 7
Group Project 30% 30 1.2 2, 4, 7
Individual writting proof 1 30% 1 0.04 2, 3, 1, 8, 9, 5, 4, 7, 6, 10
Individual writting proof 2 30% 1 0.04 2, 3, 1, 8, 9, 5, 4, 7, 6





No specifis software is needed.