Universidad Europea and the Community of Madrid Address the Challenge of Integrating Troubled Youth into Society

09/06/2014


Universidad Europea and the Community of Madrid Address the Challenge of Integrating Troubled Youth into Society

The School of Social Sciences at Universidad Europea hosted a seminar titled “The Best Way to Open Space for Troubled Youth.” The event was opened by Águeda Benito, rector of Universidad Europea, and Elena González-Moñux, vice-council of Justice and Public Administration from the Community of Madrid.

The symposium brought together representatives from the university and government to look at the issue of juvenile delinquency and specifically at what causes it, ways it can be prevented, and programs that can be used to bring these troubled youth back into society. Regina Otaola, general director of the Community of Madrid's Agency for the Re-education and Reinsertion of Juvenile Criminals (ARRMI) and Ignacio Mayoral, director of the Universidad Europea’s law school; spoke about the different legal remedies that are applied to re-incorporate troubled young people back into society, which include internships and special education programs that can work with them on a case by case basis.

Juan Francisco Franco from the ARRMI and José Manuel Durán from the Diagrama Foundation, focused on the continued need for intervention with each young person and focus on building a plan that addresses not just the students, but their specific circumstances, which includes their families, their scholastic record and their socio-economic background and the importance of a full solution that includes integration activities, psychological support and the support of families.