Generally the transition from dependent to independent life is a process which may take several years. Young adults living with their biological families who are past the age of maturity can (and do) ask for additional support from their family members when facing difficulties. However, young people from residential care do not have this support; they are obliged to leave institutional care when they reach the age of maturity or at the age when they finish their education (in average at the age 24-26 depending form country to country). Leaving institutional care becomes the biggest challenge for them due to shortage of professional aftercare services. On the other hand institutional care centers do not focus enough on the development of life skills and certain formal restrictions (imposed by other authorities, like health inspection and other authorities) do not permit care centers to facilitate everyday life skills of young people (eg. They cannot take part in cooking, they do not have access to a “household budget”, etc.) In most cases without proper social and life skills, topped by unsolved personal problems, they are extremely vulnerable to social and financial challenges. Therefore it is extremely important that the process of leaving care is systematically planned and prepared well before the child leaves the residential care, and the present project proposes such a complex learning plan.
Preparation for independent life and social inclusion is also essential for unaccompanied minor migrants as they lack some important socially and culturally defined knowledge for their adaptation and inclusion to the host community.
Gateways to integration – Report on the resources for social inclusion of youth out of residential care
In the 1st Intellectual Output was developed the research tool, Interview Guideline for accessing specific information for development of successful and valid training material.
Make a living – online platform
The 2nd Intellectual Output of our project is an online game for young people
which aim at preparing them for the independent life after they leave the child
care system. The leader of this IO is the Spektrum Educational Center Foundation
(SEC), who have developed an online and responsive serious game platform,
in order to improve basic life skills and competences of those young people who are leaving in a residential care.