The ID Pro project aims to establish protocols that facilitate the work of educators, youth workers, educational leaders and support staﬀ working in mobility projects, both in the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme and other international mobility programmes. The partnership is coordinated by the Asociación Mundus (Spain) and formed by the organisations LEAP Sports (Scotland), CESIE (Italy) and Marta Centre (Latvia).
The ID Pro (ID-PRO Protocols for Inclusion and Diversity) project seeks to establish protocols to facilitate the work of educators, youth workers, educational leaders and support staﬀ working in mobility projects, both in the framework of the Erasmus+ Program and other international mobility programs. Situations of bullying, violence or discrimination in mobility projects, of which we have several examples in all partner organizations in the project, must be dealt with promptly and without delay. The lack of clear protocols for action hinders the work of educational staﬀ (including youth and non-formal education workers) and support staﬀ and delays decisions, and can aggravate the problem and its consequences. Through the establishment of speciﬁc protocols for the prevention, action, mediation and/or reconciliation of violence and discrimination in international mobilities, roadmaps are provided for education and support staﬀ to act in a more eﬃcient manner and to ensure the best possible results.
Establishing eﬀective protocols also promotes quality in working with young people. Young people deserve spaces where they can be fulﬁlled without fear of being discriminated against, where their diversity is celebrated and where, in the event of any incident (bullying, violence or discrimination), the staﬀ in charge of the project can act in an eﬀective and eﬃcient manner that restores a suitable environment for learning and personal growth and where all the people involved in the incident receive the necessary support and advice to resolve it positively or, at least, with the least negative impact. Quality in youth work is not only to act eﬀectively when things happen, but also to have prevention and education measures to prevent them from happening. That is why this project seeks to establish protocols for prevention, action and mediation or reconciliation that are ﬂexible enough to be adapted to the diﬀerent realities of youth mobility projects (even if they are in other ﬁelds such as VET or HE, to give two examples), but also practical and easy to use so that they can be widely implemented by organizations across Europe.
The idea of this project arises from the need to establish protocols to carry out prevention, action and monitoring measures to prevent and deal with situations of bullying and violence that the young people with whom we work during European mobilities may suﬀer.
Considering Bullying according to the deﬁnition of the Council of Europe: "Bullying can include physical violence, sexual violence, threats, teasing, social exclusion or other psychological violence". We will use the word 'bullying' to refer to everything included in that deﬁnition but also to discriminatory practices based on race, gender (including expression and identity), sexual orientation, disability and/or religion.
Bullying has terrible consequences for the children and young people who suﬀer it. Although much remains to be done in all ﬁelds of education and also in other areas, much work has already been done to address this situation in schools, businesses, youth work organizations,.... However, in the area of mobility projects there is practically no work done to address situations of discrimination and bullying.
Organizations, schools, universities... rely on their policies at the local level, but the reality of an international activity is potentially more complex. For example, the young person is abroad and there is no possibility to meet face to face, their support network at home is little or non-existent, the environment they are in is unfamiliar to them, there are diﬀerent legislations and social attitudes than in their own country or the fact that there are usually many actors involved with diﬀerent views and opinions.
The European Commission's Annual Report for 2018 (the latest published) states that there have within Key Action 1 been 852,940 participants in mobilities. Although not all of these mobilities belong to young people, the ultimate target group of this project proposal, we can establish that a high percentage belong to young people and participants other than professionals (teachers, educational staﬀ, etc). This implies that the lack of protocols speciﬁcally adapted to mobility projects potentially aﬀects thousands of participants annually.
Therefore, the main idea is to share good practices that are succeeding in other contexts and to train community educators to work on prevention before mobility and to develop their competences as youth workers and mobility managers to act during and after mobility against diﬀerent forms of violence among and towards young people.
- To exchange good practices on prevention, action, mediation and/or reconciliation measures in the face of discriminatory attitudes and violence among and towards young people.
- To design prevention, action, mediation and/or reconciliation protocols adapted to the reality of European Mobility (both within and outside the Erasmus+ programme).
- To enhance the quality of mobility projects by ensuring inclusive and equitable access to educational opportunities abroad through the implementation of these protocols.
- To establish the basis for the creation of a quality standard through the implementation and promotion of the mobility protocols generated during the ID Pro project in other Erasmus+ projects.
- 3 transnational project meetings to ensure better management, coordination and monitoring of the project.
- 3 LTTAS to share good practices and distil useful learnings for the elaboration of the protocols.
- Multiplier events to promote the protocols (the handbook) as good practices and to study the uptake of the idea of quality standards in mobility projects.
- The elaboration of 1 handbook with the protocols and a general framework on protocols, their use and adaptation.