ComDignitatis ─ Associação Portuguesa para a Promoção da Dignidade Humana ─ is a Social Welfare Institution (IPSS),
founded on July 13th of 2012.
ComDignitatis has been working with and supporting about 650 different families, since it first began its journey, and now operates in 12 different municipalities. In this Institution, we work with the dedication that guarantees to every family, a personalized response, allowing a harmonious development of interpersonal relationships and the promotion of human dignity.
We develop a continuous work in social areas, as well as in health, education, psychology and training, cultural, leisure and the promotion of life quality, led by the utmost respect for every person. We seek to support every family and each and every one of its members - from the child to the elder.
With 6 years of existence, ComDignitatis today relies on a dedicated and committed team, that demonstrates, every day, its main focus to be the well-being of every family we support. But how did we get here?
We were born with as the Programa +Família, where today we can find:
psychology and therapy services ,
social responses with 3 Local Teams focused on Early Intervention (in five municipalities),
the Centro de Apoio Familiar e Aconselhamento Parental – CAFAP +Família, presente in six different municipalities.
Through a singular and individual project directed to any family and every one of its members, we answer to our first mission: "Meet and respond to those who need us".
And so, every day, with a multidisciplinary team, available to meet families, whether at home, school, or workplace, we promote the development of parental competences.
A mission such as ours, which praises values such as equality, respect, social inclusion, justice and solidarity, would only make sense if it involved the active participation of children and youngsters. Bearing this in mind, we developed two more programs:
“Crescer na Maior”, developed both inside our institution and out in schools, has already reached about 210 children in the 1st grade.
“Uma Justiça Amiga nas Escolas”, is a program that has reached 900 students, from the 5th grade to High school classes, in teaching institutions in Mafra, Ericeira and Viseu. Providing also training to all of those involved in the education of children and young people, we've developed internal and external training sessions and have been disclosing the European Guidelines for a Child-Friendly Justice System. It is our goal to promote a national-wide debate on this matter, envisioning the awareness of leaders and professionals for the crucial part these Guidelines play and the emergency of implementing them. In this context, we have organized the “I Congresso Europeu Sobre Uma Justiça Amiga das Crianças” ("The First European Congress About A Child-Friendly Justice System"), unique in Europe and now going on its 2nd edition.
All the milestones conquered, and the path taken to get to where we are today, was only possible also due to the fact we were never alone, and with all the support given by various groups of people and entities.
“Human rights must work to uplift human dignity.”