Marie Beaulieu, PH. D., Sherbrooke University
Nicolas Berg, Respect Seniors (President)
Dominique Langhendries, Respect Seniors (Director)
CHAIR PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT:
Roxane Leboeuf, Chair Coordinator and research agent
GRANTING AGENCY AND GRANT AMOUNT:
IXe Commission mixte permanente Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles (2015-2017) – 2 000$
PROJECT COMPLETION DATES:
ROLE OF THE CHAIR IN THE PROJECT:
Mistreatment towards older adults is a complex issue which requires in many cases the intervention of many professionals and organisation with various expertise. They are called to join forces to offer the most efficient intervention by leaning on the reality and the needs of the mistreated older adult. This collaborative work can happen as much within the same organisation with professionals of different fields (interdisciplinary) or between organisations or different sectors (intersectoral). Each of these practices come with strengths and challenges.
While in Québec, intersectoral practices on the subject of countering mistreatment are gaining momentum, in Belgium and particularly within the Respect Seniors organisation, the focus is more on interdisciplinary practices. Sharing their experience on the subject of intersectoral and interdisciplinary practices will allow the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults and Respect Seniors to enrich their respective practices.
GOAL OF THE PROJECT OR RESEARCH QUESTION:
This project has the goal of sharing the experience of intersectoral practices on countering mistreatment towards older adults between the Respect Seniors organisation and the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults to have a mutual influence on their similar and different ways of working.
Objective of the Chair
Inform Respect Seniors and Wallonia in general about 2 intersectoral practices guides on the subject of countering mistreatment that were created by the Chair, first a guide showing a police duo and Québécois social practitioner and a second one showing a model of police practice in which police officers need to work with different partners.
Inform Respect Seniors about different intersectoral practices specific to Québec, such as issue tables and support them in the development of partnerships with different Belgian actors, such as the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Personnes Âgées (FIAPA)
Respect Seniors objectives:
Raise the awareness of the Chair on internal interdisciplinary practices of Respect Seniors (psychologist pair and social assistant).
Raise the awareness of the Chair on intersectoral practices (with external partners) of Respect Seniors.
Since this is not a research project but an exchange project, there is no methodology in the strict sense. However, to attain the objectives, document exchanges and exchanges, debates, discussions were the priority, as well as the participation in intersectoral meetings in Québec and Wallonia.
Summer of 2016
To initiate the exchanges following the formal reception of the project funding, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults has sent the Practice guides IPAM and practice guide of intersectoral teamwork between a police officer and a practitioner to the colleagues at Respect Seniors.
Autumn of 2016
At the end of the month of November of 2016, Respect Seniors came to Québec for their mandate. As part of this week of work the colleagues at Respect Seniors have:
Participated and made a presentation in an intersectoral symposium about countering mistreatment in Lanaudière (about a hundred partners from the public, private, community sectors, police officers, etc.)
Met with executives of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM)
Participated to a meeting of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults’ members
Participated to an intersectoral meeting of advisory committee from a project of research-action on countering mistreatment and intimidation (about fifteen partners from various sectors)
Participated to the structure of Vigilance aînés of the SPVM (7 partners including Government of Québec representatives)
Participated to the meeting of the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults’ advisory committee.
Spring of 2017
At the end of the month of May of 2017, the Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults’ mandate was fulfilled in Belgium. During this week of work, the members of the Chair have:
Participated to interviews with media organisation
Met police officers coming from three Police zones (two in Wallonia and one from North Brussels)
Participated to the first issue table meeting (close to 60 partners) organised by Respect Seniors
Gave the opening conference on the theme of intimidation during the issue table’s meeting
Participated to the meeting with FIAPA’s representative
Started working to make short videos with Respect Seniors in which they would explain their interdisciplinary practices. These videos could be broadcasted to social work student at Sherbrooke University in Québec (Baccalaureate and Masters).
Beaulieu, M. & Leboeuf, R. (1 juin 2017). Contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées : l’engagement de la police dans les actions collaboratives au Québec. Bruxelles-Nord (Belgique).
Beaulieu, M. & Leboeuf, R. (31 mai 2017). Conjuguer la lutte contre l’intimidation à la lutte contre la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées : quelques jalons pour une approche intersectorielle sous la forme d’une table de concertation. Table intersectorielle organisée par Respect Seniors. Namur (Belgique).
Beaulieu, M. & Leboeuf, R. (30 mai 2017). Contrer la maltraitance envers les personnes aînées : L’engagement de la police dans les actions collaboratives au Québec. Brabant-Wallon et Hainault (Belgique).
Langhendries, D. & Berg, N. (24 novembre 2016). Présentation de Respect Seniors. Rencontre des partenaires de la lutte contre la maltraitance dans la région de Lanaudière. Saint-Liguori, Québec (Canada).