Promoting Supported Independent Living
as an alternative care practice for unaccompanied minors
Asylum Migration and Integration Fund
December 2019 – November 2021

 

Aims

Overall, the project aims at promoting supported independent living (SIL) as an alternative care practice for unaccompanied children focused on aged 15-18. Specifically, through the project activities will be collected, exchanged and disseminated knowledge and good practices regarding SIL care in participating countries. It is worth to be noted that the integration context and integration services provided to unaccompanied children will be analysed and assessed via semi-structured interviews with stakeholders in countries of project partners.

It is not only aimed at the exchange of know-how but also in the development of existing ones through the creation of a guide supported by an expert meeting. In addition, it is expected the guide to be tested in the field by professionals, evaluated through follow-up (feedback forms) and readjusted at the end of project.

Unaccompanied children aged 15-18 are the main beneficiaries of the project so one of the great challenges is the improvement of their life. Hence, career skills development will enhance their confidence and mentality. In this regard, PROUD will support the capacity building of professionals and adoption of a mentoring scheme to deal with adaptation and integration aspects of children in the new context through two transnational trainings.

The project is expected to have a high impact both in short and long term. In the short term, 200 children 15-18 years old are expected to benefited along with more than 500 child protection professionals. In the long term, the project is expected to positively influence EU Member States towards adopting alternative care practices that do not lead to institutionalisation.

Partnership

The project is coordinated by METAdrasi, Greece. And is furthermore a partnership of Fundació Privada Idea per a la millora social d’infants i famílies, Spain, Apostoli, Greece, Centre for European Constitutional Law, Greece, Plan International, Germany, Athens Lifelong Learning Institut Eastiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etairia, Greece and Nidos, the Netherlands.

Contact details Nidos

Marjolein Groen
Phone: +31 (0) 6 574 93 994
Email: m.groen2@nidos.nl