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Viernes, 10 de Julio de 2020

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FACT FOR MINORS - Fostering Alternative Care for Troubled Minors (JUST/2015/RCHI/AG/PROF)

diciembre 2016 - mayo 2018 Adolescente, Enfermedad, Investigación, Justicia, Juvenil, Salud, Trastornos

Descripción

The project ‘FACT FOR MINORS – Fostering Alternative Care for Troubled Minors’ intends to address children with psychological, psychiatric or personality disorders, hosted by alternative care communities (or socio-educational communities) as a consequence of penal measures.

Research interests in mental health problems in juvenile justice have grown over the past years, as several studies throughout the world have shown that mental disorders are highly prevalent among children under penal measures. This represents a significant problem, even more so if the special needs of these children remain unidentified and unaddressed, with significant long-term effects on their life chances and on their physical and mental health and well-being.

The issues raised in European justice systems by children serving a penal measure in alternative care communities that show evidence of psychological, psychiatric or personality disorders, have been poorly addressed. In general, the dilemma posed by the intervention with children in the juvenile justice with such disorders lies in the fact that an inadequate therapeutic response may lead to chronical psychiatric disorders, while an inadequate socio-educational response may result in further marginalisation.

The main issue is that these children need adequate clinical attention and present clinical dilemmas, which is why they are often a real challenge for the social workers in alternative care communities. The response to this challenge cannot lay in parallel interventions by the juvenile justice and the health sectors; instead, it lays in a proper integration of the interventions of the two agencies and of the different professionals that work for or with these children. Indeed, managing children with psychological, psychiatric or personality disorders in alternative care communities requires a holistic, multidisciplinary and multiagency approach, focused on prevention, evaluation, treatment (including emergency treatment), and recovery, considering risk evaluation of clinical and legal relapse. Such approach is therefore both therapeutic and socio-educational.

In this context, this project intends to reinforce the capacity of alternative care communities in five European Union (EU) countries -Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain- to adequately support and respond to the specific needs of the children with psychiatric disorders under penal measures.

Such aim will be pursued by a two-fold action that will seek to:

 Strengthen the capacity of, and the coordination between, all professionals working with and for children in alternative care to address the needs of children with psychiatric disorders; and

 Boost interagency cooperation, in particular on issues related to the alternative care of minors under penal measures and with psychiatric disorders.

MAIN ACTIVITIES

 Successful intervention methods to address the needs of children with mental health disorders in alternative care will be identified, adapted and tested. The activities in this sense are the collection of statistic and qualitative data, where available, as well as the review of the existing national literature, practices and legal framework on alternative care communities and minors with psychological or personality disorders.

 Capacity building with professionals working with or for children in alternative care in 5 partner countries and at European level through an e-learning platform. First, a needs assessment of the identified setting for the capacity-building activities is performed; second, for the engagement of the professionals for the capacity building, there is a presentation of the project aims, the identification of the professionals’ needs and institutional strengths, and the development of a capacity-building methodology. This methodology will be tested with the partners’ supervision, and followed by several national, transnational and experts meetings and national reports.

 Strengthening of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary cooperation in the area of child protection in the 5 partner countries also through finalization of formal commitments. National multi-agency meetings will be held to contribute to this end.

 Development of outputs aimed at ensuring maximum impact, visibility and sustainability of the project results and in particular of the capacity building methodology developed. The outputs will be the European guidelines for the alternative care of children with special needs and the European Handbook for professionals working with children in alternative care. A website of the project will also be set up, and the project outputs’ impact will be verified at the national level by the corresponding Ministries.

 Communication and dissemination events to present project resulst and raise awareness on the rights of children in alternative care. The dissemination events will be held at the national level by the corresponding Ministries, and a final conference will be organised in Brussels. Finally, all partners will contribute to the dissemination of the project’s results through social media and events.

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Objetivos

The main objective of the project is to complement the efforts of the EU in the area of the rights of the child by boosting child protection system changes in the 5 partner countries: Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Indeed, it aims at improving the efficiency of the child protection systems of these countries so as to improve outcomes for children, in particular children with mental health disorders in alternative care communities.

In order to ensure that these children are guaranteed full access to their rights, including educational, social, and therapeutic, in a child-appropriate manner and context, the project will strengthen the capacity of professionals working for or with children in alternative care to respond adequately to the particular needs of children with psychiatric or personality disorders. Furthermore, it will also strengthening interagency and multidisciplinary cooperation in the area of the rights of children in alternative care so as to improve the systems’ response capacity to some children’s special needs, as well as raise awareness in the area of the rights of the child, and particularly in regards to children in alternative care, at national and EU level.

Resultados

Expected Results

 Alternative care professionals are better equipped to address the needs of children with mental health disorders;

 National institutions and public bodies of the partner countries are committed to enhancing the child protection system;

 Child protection system changes are boosted in the 5 partner countries; and

 Children in alternative care under penal measures and with psychiatric or personality disorders are guaranteed timely and effective responses to their educational, social and therapeutic needs.

Expected Outputs

 The European guidelines for the alternative care of children with special needs;

 The European Handbook for professionals working with children in alternative care;

 An e-learning platform for European capacity building;

 The project website;

 5 National dissemination events;

 A final EU conference.

Partners

Coordinator:

 Coordinamento Nazionale Comunità di Accoglienza (CNCA) - National Coordination of Care Communities (Italy)

Partners:

 Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research – IPRS (Italy)

 Istituto Don Calabria (Italy)

 Juvenile Justice Ministry, Department of Community studies (Italy)

 Christliches Jugenddorf Deutschland – CJD Hamburg (Germany)

 Catholic University of Porto (Portugal)

 Finnish Youth Research Network (Finland)

 Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Spain)

 International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium)

Formal supporters:

 Justice Ministry Schleswig-Holstein of Germany

 Justice Ministry of Portugal

 National Ombudsman of Finland

 Justice Ministry of Catalonia (Spain)

 

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