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Austrian Conference sees the completion of Grundtvig Media Addiction Project

Final Meeting

In May Keith and Nan, accompanied by four Rickter Company Associates attended the final conference for our Plan 2 Grundtvig Learning Partnership in Austria. This project has been about raising awareness of parents, teachers and professionals to the risks children face from computer gaming, social media and cyber-bullying.

The lead partner is the Foundation for Media and Online Addiction, Lunenburg, Germany who have developed LAN-Parties. This is a programme designed to work with parents and professionals to raise awareness of how children feel while using computer games and the risks involved in social media. They work through schools to reach their target groups of pupils, teachers and parents.

One of the other partners is the Romanian German Foundation, Timisoara, Romania. This is a vocational college working mainly with unemployed people to gain skills and qualifications in such things as heating engineering, plumbing, English Language etc.

Our partner hosts for this event were FAB in Linz who are the largest vocational college in Austria. They run a variety of courses and specialise in support for people with disabilities. The conference was held in their college and we were shown the workshops that employ disabled people and had a chance to observe their work. They have partnerships with Nestlé to supply packed goods and an Engineering Contract where they make machine parts. They also have a catering kitchen and run the college canteen, as well as a print office, cabinet makers, laundry, gardening and construction areas. These workshops can be used as a training base which up-skill people to move into open employment or the trainees, who are paid a living wage and can work there for as long as they wish.

The aim of the conference was to share our work with other professionals and political representatives. The event was well attended with representatives from all four countries, as well as many professionals from Linz. After being welcomed by our hosts there followed presentations and workshops.

Meral Akin-Hecke, Digital Champion Austria of the European Union spoke on “Competence instead of Fear” looking at why it is important to overcome the digital gap. Patricia Groib, Safer Surfing, Linz talked on, “Control versus Competence and Arnhild Zorr-Werner, Foundation Media and Online Addiction, Lunenburg, topic was “In the past everything was easier and nowadays does new media need new education?” There were also several workshops afterwards and an Information Zone where Rickter was represented. The conference was well received and successfully raised awareness of the subject matter for those attending. We are very grateful to our friends in Linz for organising this event and hosting it so wonderfully.

While in Linz our hosts took us to the Museum of the Future which is shaped like a ship and is situated right next to the River Danube. Here we saw the history of computing, work on cloning plants and animals, how plastics can be computer generated into working objects and the fantastic three dimensional space zone. A small yellow motorised train took us around Linz to give us a taste of the city and in the evening we attended a social dinner back at the museum in their Cubas Restaurant, which offered wonderful food and views of Linz.

Nan Wood
Director of Operations

Making an Impact: Moore House Care and Education

PSI Worker and young person in the Throughcare service.

PSI Worker and young person in the Throughcare service.

Moore House Care and Education is an independent organisation in Scotland that specialises in the provision of high quality child care and education services for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 years who have additional support needs because of the social, emotional and behavioural challenges they face.

The Psychological Services and Intervention (PSI) team have been using the Rickter Scale® since 2005 to support and motivate young people to make positive lifestyle changes and to measure outcomes following periods of intervention.

Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) was introduced by the Scottish Government following a review of the Children’s Hearings System in 2004. This national policy and programme requires all agencies in touch with children and young people to play their part in making sure they are healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible, included and, above all, safe. Working together with families and local authorities, Moore House are using the Rickter Scale® to help practitioners focus on what makes a positive difference for young people, and how they can act to deliver these improvements. Supporting a positive shift in culture, systems and practice across the organisation, the Rickter Scale® has become central to the driving and evidencing outcomes of care and education planning. Regular reviews of Child Plan progress is promoting a shared approach and accountability that builds solutions with and around young people and families. The Rickter Scale® allows us to clearly evidence the positive outcomes that we achieve during a young person’s placement at Moore House.

Having noted the potential benefits for using Rickter Scale® with staff, Lead Practitioners within Moore House are now using the tool to support new staff through their initial induction period and as an aid to ongoing support and supervision.

PSI are now providing psychological assessment, intervention and consultation to external local authority child care agencies and foster families. For more information see our website; www.moorehouse.org.uk or contact Stephen Drysdale (PSI Manager) on 01506 652 312.

Moore House