29 Aug. – 2 Sept. 2022
University of Groningen (NL)

Children who are temporarily or permanently unable to live with their families – such as children in foster or residential care, adopted children or unaccompanied migrant children – are entitled to special protection and assistance. Besides having experienced the separation of their first parental figures, they might have faced other forms of early adversity, such as abuse, negligence or institutionalization, that may have affected their development patterns in several levels, including emotional skills and learning trajectories. Scientific literature has recursively pointed out that this group presents higher prevalence of school and relational difficulties, as well as higher risk of social exclusion during adulthood. School should be for them not only a place where they feel safe and welcome, but also a space to minimize the impact of adversity experiences and develop their full potential. 

The main aim of this Summer School is to present innovative research that facilitates the development of inclusive practices and appropriate answers to the needs of students who have experienced early adversity. International experts will provide participants with tools to design interventions in the education system that counteract educational and psychosocial disadvantages.

The topics of this Summer School include, among others, the school as a community, the role of school in safeguarding young people’s wellbeing and resilience, ecological perspectives on adverse childhood experiences and trauma, strategies and tools for building relationships at school, the child’s story at school.

The Summer school stems from the cooperation between researchers, professionals, and families from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom within the framework of the Brighter Future Erasmus+ project. It is designed for PhD and other posgraduated students, postdoctoral fellows, and practitioners in the field of children and adolescents education. During the summer school, the students will be involved in lectures, workshops, discussions, data analysis, hands-on activities and reflective practices.

Application Procedure

Who can apply
Master students, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers in education, social sciences, experienced teachers and other education professionals, and child welfare professionals. In order to be eligible, it is necessary to have an upper-intermediate level of English language proficiency.

How to apply
Send an email to the following email address: m.lopez.lopez@rug.nl  by May 31 (*Deadline extended to 10 JUNE), 2022 including:
1. a CV
2. an accompanying letter describing your current area of studies, research or professional activity, and your motivation in participating in this Summer School (max 600 words)

Notification of acceptance and registration
The organizing committee will select candidates and send a notification of acceptance by June 15, 2022.
Approved candidates should register by July 15, 2022.

The EU co-finances this course through the Erasmus+ programme. Enrollment is subject to a 150 euros fee covering lunches and training materials. Participants should cover travel and accommodation costs.
For scholarship options, please see the section below.

Credits (ECTS)
In order to obtain a certificate of completion equivalent to 2 ECTS, registered participants must:
1. Attend the full school programme.
2. Submit a short report by September 30th, 2022.


Only students enrolled in a program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) or the University of Verona (UNIVR) can apply for a scholarship, covering the registration fee, travel and accommodation costs.

Eligible students interested in applying for the summer school and the scholarship should send an email to the following email address: mariano.beltran@uab.cat by May 31 (* Deadline extended to 10 JUNE), 2022 including:
1. a CV
2. an accompanying letter describing your current area of studies, research or professional activity, and your motivation in participating in this Summer School (max 600 words)

For information concerning the scholarship for students at the Autonomous University of Barcelona please write to: mariano.beltran@uab.cat  

For information concerning the scholarship for students at the University of Verona please write to: federica.decordova@univr.it


  • Deadline extended to 10 JUNE : Submission of the application for the summer school (including scholarship applicants).
  • June 15, 2022: Notification of acceptance. 
  • July 15, 2022: Registration.
  • September 30, 2022: Submission of the report to obtain the certificate of completion (including ECTS accreditation).
  • November 15, 2022: Evaluation of the essays and production of the certificates.