The land of fire-Flies – Pilot programme on prevention of violence against small children
The background and inspiration for the prophylactic and diagnostic work with the children in this programme is the parable entitled ‘The Land of Fire-Flies’. The first phase of this project entails the presentation of the parable, which forms the matrix of the whole prophylactic work. The next phase is to increase the awareness of violence phenomena in the family, via continuation of the fairytale, which refer to problems or situations successively included in the story.
The children, who experience the state described in the parable, may confront their internal understanding with the provided interpretations. The selection of a fairytale as a form to work with children is dictated by the fact that it is a natural form of expression, which involves fantasy and imagination of the child.
The creation line, which is attractive and tailored to the recipient, will in a natural way engage the child in the programme activities. The innovative character of the programme allows to reach children who were victims of crime or are still in the risk group (early intervention) as well as to influence children via the development of emotional competences and education on the avoidance of violence threat and abuse, and on seeking assistance in difficult situation (prophylaxis).
The Power of Support Association,
ul. Będzińska 6, 41 – 200 Sosnowiec, Poland, (+48) 794 130 272,
Social Policy Department, City Hall in Sosnowiec, Sosnowiec,
The project started in 2012 and is still running.
Last review: November 2015.