The Commission for Children and Adolescents of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goiás (Alego) and the Legislative School, in partnership with the Municipal Secretariat for Human and Social Development, promote, throughout this Wednesday and Thursday, respectively the 8th and November 9th, the 2nd Social Journey of Goiânia: weaving internal networks and work flows. The target audience for the meeting are social assistance employees and other protection areas in the municipality of Goiânia.
In the morning activities of this Wednesday, 8th, the work table was made up of the Municipal Secretary of Human and Social Development, Maria Yvelônia Araújo Barbosa; by the director of Special Protection of the department, Joseleno Vieira; and by the project manager of the Office of the National Secretariat of Social Assistance, Juliana Fernandes.
At the beginning of the meeting, the secretary highlighted the importance of care, especially in early childhood, and family support for vulnerable people and highlighted the professionals’ commitment to social assistance. Maria Yvelônia highlighted that it is essential to implement public policies that help helpless families and therefore thanked them for their efforts. “I thank you for working to strengthen a public policy that transforms lives and helps Goiânia to develop”, she said.
The person responsible for the department also noted that the purpose of the meeting is to establish workflows, train employees and invest in the area of social assistance. “We are investing in competence, skills. After all, it is thanks to these trainings that the quality of our service increases. And society is the one who benefits from this, it is the one who needs it. We are breaking with other models and are monitoring these families”, she concluded.
After the secretary’s speech, the Project Director declared that there were still several problems to be faced on a daily basis. However, he highlighted some elements that can increase and make the department’s activities more effective. For Joseleno Vieira, it is essential to evaluate the progression of actions, medium and long-term planning and verification of the training of professionals. He concluded his participation, wishing the participants a good journey. Next, there was a performance by the musical group Passarinhos de São Francisco, from Núcleo Educacional Mãe Dolorosa, with three musical numbers.
Importance of data
In the morning program, participants were able to attend two lectures. The first was taught by the Project Manager of the National Secretariat, Juliana Fernandes, who is also a psychologist. She addressed the topic: “Who are the users and families of social assistance? Analysis of demands based on different levels of complexity in the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS)”. She pointed out that it is essential to be clear about the public that most needs support and, for this, concrete data is essential. She presented numbers and highlighted that, in Brazil, poverty is a risk factor and mainly affects children, especially black and female children.
Thus, she reiterated that “the keynote is to put the user at the center and direct attention to the SUAS audience”. Juliana also added that these people are in a vulnerable situation and that the post-pandemic situation has increased demand. Thus, she highlighted that the focus of social assistance is “to promote equity and human dignity, offering these groups the minimum to guarantee survival. The psychologist also drew attention to the importance of the Federal Government’s Single Registry (CAD Único) to align public policies. She highlighted that, through family registration, it is possible to develop policies according to demand, mapping the most urgent and complex issues, in order to expand actions and direct care.
Definition of competencies
The second lecture held in the morning was given by the doctor in sociology Elisménia de Oliveira, who spoke about “Reference and Counter-reference between basic protection and special protection”. She pointed out that the matter concerns the performance and competencies of the Social Assistance Reference Centers (CRAS) and the Specialized Social Assistance Reference Center (Creas).
“The reference occurs during basic care, carried out at Cras or by a basic social protection team, where the need for articulation or transfer of families and individuals in more serious situations is mapped, primarily Creas. While counter-referral is the action in which, during care, medium and high complexity care institutions understand basic care and thus make connections, primarily CRAS”, explained Elisménia.
She pointed out that the physical structure of the facilities, the professional staff and strategic planning can vary between CRAS and Creas. However, Elisménia drew attention to the importance of multidisciplinary teams for initial care and monitoring of families. According to the sociologist, anthropologists, domestic economists, pedagogues, sociologists, occupational therapists, music therapists can make up the professional staff of the entities.
Finally, Elisménia highlighted that, “given the complexity of social relations, it is necessary to recognize the specificities of SUAS when going through the need for social transformations and the implementation of policies for the distribution of income, goods and services and the conception of construction and operation of institutional support networks”.
After the conclusion of this first moment, a lunch break was offered and the program returned at 2 pm with a round table, with the theme “Socio-family matrix in the effective construction of social assistance policy actions and services”, and a workshop with the theme “Professional performance in the coexistence service and strengthening bonds”.