The SAFE project proposes a new approach in the VET field of health and social care of older people, focusing on training professionals and implementing cooperation mechanisms and procedures in the situations/cases of violence and abuse on older women, in Romania, Greece, Italy, Finland and Portugal.

In all partner countries, there is a lack of specialized teaching/training curricula with special focus on abused older women, for social and health care teachers or professionals. Especially the gender aspect is missing; in existing training the general term used is “elder abuse” which is gender neutral term homogenizing all older people as the same.. In general, the prevention activities of abuse of older women are viewed from individual, group and community level perspectives, and international human rights and women’s rights perspective is rarely used.

The proposed project focuses on bridging gaps in the VET training in the old age care field, responding to real needs of older women in care and to the working and training needs of professionals and institutions. More specifically the main objectives of the project are:

  • To improve quality of teaching and training for developing working life oriented training curriculum of prevention of violence against older women in the Collaborative Learning Groups and in the framework of Professional Learning Community Model
  • To improve professional development of teachers and trainers to work as educators in violence against older women area and in gender specific issues, challenging ageism and gender discrimination from international Human Rights and Women’s Rights perspective
  • To improve capacity of social and health care professionals to identify and intervene abuse of older women and empower them in home care and residential settings;

To support social and health care authorities and professionals, and stakeholders to develop intervention measures in cases of violence against older women.

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