One of the main problem perceived at EU level in relation to prevention and detection of violence against children are the lack of preventive measure to violence, in particular towards the education responsible (teachers and families) and children themselves and the underestimation of the number of victims, because of the fact that most cases are hidden, unreported, covered by fear or shame.

The SAVE model has been conceived to address these problem with specific actions aiming at:

  • equip children with the tools needed to protect themselves;
  • promote and support the role of the schools and to valorize the role of teachers and to strengthen their competence and skills in the field of preventing and detect abuses;
  • ensure every adult, who has a relationship with a child, a minimum level of training to recognize and detect a call for help;

Further, from a deep analysis realized in the 6 countries involved in the SAVE Project, it has emerged that there is still no enough connection between Prevention and Detection and that previous prevention interventions was focus only on single type of violence.

Hence, starting from all the above issues, the SAVE Model is based on the assumptions that:

  • there is a continuous coexistence and interaction between different processes: Prevention, Detection and Case Management;
  • All types of violence has to be achieved by all processes.

In particular, the SAVE model starts from a prevention definition as a two-way process, considered in the framework of a health promotion perspective, and states that:

  • suffered/acted violence conception has to be replaced with a point of view providing for violence management which generate self and hetero protection expertise;
  • the training is considered the main strategy that allows to get the objective of prevention and detection;
  • prevention and detection have to refer to the whole community in order to make it able, by specific training, to generate protection and health for all.

The prevention/detection modules are strictly connected and are divided into three main steps:

1. Promoters training

The First Step named “Promoters training“, foresees that, SAVE Operators spread the SAVE project and the proposed training activities on self/other protection skills within their own community.

After collecting participations, SAVE operators will realize a training intervention which has the overall objective to make participants skilled on how the violence develops and how to manage and face it. In particular, the promoters training provides a specific training about how to teach self and hetero protection competences to children and how to promote children detection, by realizing a workshop addressing minors.

The promoter training is also planned as feasible opportunity to promote a possible detection of violence experienced by adults in childhood. At the end of the training, you will have people who are specifically trained on the issue called promoters, able to promoting health and violence detection within the community.

2. V.v.V. (Voice vs. Violence) Workshop

The Second Step foresees a “v.V. (Voice vs. Violence) Workshop“. The workshop consists of meetings between promoter and children: the aim is to promote the competence of self/other protection.

In this phase, it will be possible that violence detection occurs, because of the topic and the use of specific interactive detection tools.

Such situation will be closely monitored by Save operators to whom each promoter has to refer; furthermore, the promoters will be provided with a workshop manual, where they find specific practices to be used in detection case in order to grant privacy, listening and gathering of the text as well as the appropriate reporting actions (i.e. inform qualified professionals in charge of the management of violence cases).

The workshop outcome will be suffered violence detection (if any) and a video production, made by children through teamworking, answering to the following questions: “What is violence?“, “What can you do before violence happens (to avoid it)?” and “What can you do when violence has happened to you or a friend of yours?”.

3. SAVE video

The Third Step “SAVE video” is an action for the citizens. In this phase of the intervention, SAVE operators, once selected the videos made by the target in each partner country, will build an unique video that will be considered the SAVE project video.

Once we have the Save video, the next action will be to identify possible institutional and not institutional contexts where broadcast the video and spread to the community the product made by community itself, about promotion of violence management.

This action also answers the need of a raising awareness on the violence against children problem, to general public and decision makers.


The SAVE project addresses specifically the Support for Victims of Violence priority area. In fact, the main objective of the project is the creation of a specific public – private intervention model for the delivering of specialized support victims of violence (children and adult that have experienced violence in childhood) on a medium & long period with a particular focus on ICT tools planning and development, accompanied by measures for prevention & detection of cases of violence against child and young at EU level. In particular, the added value of the SAVE project in the chosen priority area, is the creation of a comprehensive and operative Model of Intervention directly applicable by operators and decision makers at EU level, thanks to a joint work of modelling, experimentation and adaptation, based on the criteria of “modularity of intervention”.

In addition, the SAVE model is based also on innovative ICT solution (social media, web 2.0 and on distance learning material) aiming at making all the information available.

The SAVE Model of Intervention, jointly developed by several EU specialists and experts, is aimed at giving EU decision makers and operators a new tool (planned and tested in 6 countries) for social policies planning in the field of prevention, detection and management of cases of violence. This innovative approach developed on a  European dimension will also help partners to get in touch with 2 crucial EU policies: the promotion of Public – Private partnership and the improvement of the use of ICT tools also in social issues, as stated in the Europe 2020 strategy (Digital Agenda).

Problems detected Project Objective
  • Child victims of violence are usually supported when the violence occurs, but not on a long term period;
  • Medium & long term support to abused children years after the abuse is costly and leads to a “privatization of the support – therapy”;
  • To study and test cost-effective solutions for an efficient global approach to violence (prevention, detection, first-aid and medium & long terms assistance), through PPPs initiatives and ICT tools;
  • The activation of the private sector (NGOs) raises problems of standardization,
  • The lack of innovation in methodologies and tools available, that leads to a poor range of traditional costly solution (new ICT tools are needed);
  • To increase the knowledge of local operators about win-to-win models in EU countries and to favour transferability;
  • To realize and test an innovative Model of intervention (with related operative tools) able to increase the quality of the SVV at European level, also thanks to ICT solutions for the case management;
  • The lack of preventive measure to violence, in particular towards the responsibles for the children education (teachers and families) and children themselves;
  • Underestimation of the number of victims of violence all around Europe, because of the fact that most of the cases are hidden, unreported, covered by fear or shame.
  • To equip children with the tools needed to protect themselves;
  • To promote and support the role of the schools and to valorize the role of teachers and to strengthen their competence and skills in the fields of preventing and detect abuses;
  • To ensure every adult, who has a relationship with a child, a minimum level of training to recognize and detect a call for help;
  • A general low awareness of decision makers and institutions operating in the social field about the dimension of the problem;
  • To inform the public opinion, to be active part in the promotion and affirmation of the rights of children;
  • To raise awareness towards protecting young minor citizens against the risk of being abused, also by means of the media, websites and mobile