The IFOS is an Education Institute collaborating with major experts of the socio-sanitary sector and the most important European and Italian Universities in order to create Workshops, Master’s Degree Courses and Training Courses.
The IFOS is also a Clinical Centre offering psychotherapy services aimed at individuals, family and couples. It also hosts mediation encounters and protected environments (Neutral Space) for children and their parents.
The IFOS is also a Research Centre (collaborating with the Institute of Psychology, Pontifical Salesian University of Rome), consultancy and supervision centre for socio-sanitary operators, and it also creates intervention projects for teachers and students in the European territory.
Since 2008 to 2015 the IFOS has created several interventions aimed at contrasting cyberbullying and risky online behaviour:
- a specialised website, in Italian and English: cyberbullismo.com e www.cyberbullying.it (2008);
- a national research project cited in the 9° National Report on Childhood and Adolescence, EURISPES – Helpline (Telefono Azzurro) (2008);
- the first Italian service aimed at preventing and contrasting, supervised by non-professional operators (Peer to Peer), funded by the City of Cagliari, Department of School Policies (2008-2010);
- an English website detailing bullying, cyberbullying and sexual cyber-predators: wecan.altervista.org (2010);
- participation, from 2009 to 2013, in the European Research Project COST – “Cyberbullying: coping with negative and enhancing positive uses of new technologies, in relationships in educational settings”;
- participation, from 2010 to 2012, in the European Research Project on cyberbullying “Grundtivg -“We Can”, collaborating with Greece, Poland and Lithuania;
- participation in the Research Project detailing virtual identity, collaborating with the Department of Psychology, Salesian University and the Ministry of Justice, Department of Juvenile Justice (research in progress since 2014).
- National Cybercrime Observatory collaborating with the Office for Studies, Research and International Activities of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Ministry of Justice (2014);
- participation from 2014 to 2016 to the Research Project ERASMUS PLUS “ACCEPTO”, aimed at realising intervention for contrasting and preventing cyberbullying and risky web-surfing phenomena, collaborating with Romania, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Croatia, and Latvia.