The purpose of the SeBI project is to identify the key challenges that educational systems face in areas were the determination of the Best Interest of the Child is a prerequisite, and prepare methods, tools and processes to support evidence-based policy making supporting school leaders, teachers and policymakers. It is placed under the Erasmus + KA3 Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education and training.The principle according to which one should always consider the ‘Best Interests of the Child’ is part of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and although there is not a single specific definition of ‘Best interests’, its determination usually describes the formal process designed to determine the child’s best interests for particularly important decisions affecting the child, which facilitates adequate child participation without discrimination and involves decision-makers with relevant areas of expertise, having the child’s ultimate safety and well-being at the centre of the focus. Many people working in public service and schools can prove very helpful acting to the best interest of children but there is often a lack of appropriate training for those educators or policy makers. Thus, the specific objectives of the project are, first, to identify the key challenges that educational systems face regarding decision making in areas were the determination of the Best Interest of the Child is a prerequisite and to support evidence-based policy making. Next, the consortium will develop methods and tools that will enhance collaboration, communication and exchange of good practices in the promotion and facilitation of determining the Best Interest of the Child and facilitate sustainability and transferability of good practices through the development of policy and practices integration manuals for national educational systems, across the EU via its communication channels.
The project is expected to particular focus on two important stakeholders in the public education provision and training community:
– Thousands of Policy makers at local, national and European Level: The partners will present the project and training to policy makers and other relevant authorities as a demonstration of an effective way of delivering wide adult training initiatives that could potentially have an overall positive social impact. To instrument that, the partners will invite policy makers and other relevant authorities to the SeBI pilot testing and implementation events while targeted dissemination activities will be directed through policy makers at all levels. Additionally, the partners will share with them the project outcomes.
– Thousands of Head teachers and educators: the project partners have a preeminent position in the educational community dealing with the promotion of training, pedagogy, instructional design, adult training and e-learning. Therefore, the SeBI will provide a pioneer model of action to those professional areas by disseminating and promoting the project’s outcomes.