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1 INVOLVED BY RIGHT March 2011 - February 2013 In collaboration with - Osservatorio regionale Politiche Sociali - Ufficio Protezione e Pubblica Tutela dei minori - Coordinamenti regionali di comunità di accoglienza per minori

2 Leader & Partners Leader: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (UK) National Children's Bureau (UK) Barnardos (UK) Azienda ULSS N.3 - Bassano Del Grappa (IT) City of Helsingborg (The department of Social Services) (SE)

3 Purposes create new forms and opportunities of listening to children involved in the care and protection system; support the creation and maintenance of stable forms of children’s involvement and participation at the decision that directly affect them (particularly in the case of children in care) to promote occasions of training and reflecting on the implementation of the rights of the children involved in the care and protection system among the public social services workers and the operators of the private sector;

4 Objectives understand representations and opinions that children have about the care and protection system in which they are involved; promote recreational opportunities for children to discuss and reflect among peers their life experience to create a sense of awareness useful to contrast the forms of self criticism/blame and social exclusion; to establish new forms of participation and involvement of children at the decisions concerning various phases of this project (children as collaborators in the research); comply with the standards of participation established by Interagency working group on children's participation (2006) and subsequently taken up and elaborated on the basis of specific experiences in this field (PIDIDA, 2009).

5 The Project in Veneto Region

6 Population involved and territorial area In Veneto Region, the areas that are interested in the project are: Health Authority n. 3 Health Authority n. 8 Health Authority n. 15 Population involved all children, boys and girls from 11 to 16 years living in foster care families and residential/diurnal care institutions

7 Staff involved in the project Local Steering group Health Authority n. 3 Operator Regional Observatory Manager Regional Ombudsman for Children Health Authority n. 3 Foster Care office Manager Health Authority n. 3 Protection and care office Manager Scientific Director 3 Territorial working groups each one composed of: Health Authority Foster Care office Manager and operators Health Authority Protection and care office Manager and operators Responsibles of residential communities Representatives of foster care families network Youth Advisory Board Inter-territorial group Steering group Health Authority n. 8 operators Health Authority n. 15 operators Representatives of regional coordination of institution of residential care

8 Over-territorial Activities (with all territories involved) we have formed the steering group (composed initially by the adults involved in the project) and definition of responsibilities. we have identified the actors and established the “inter- territorial working group” (composed initially by the adults involved in the project) and definition of responsibilities. we have identified two facilitators who are working with children. initial contacts with boys and girls that were involved in the previous project “ Vivere in comunità ” (developed in Veneto during 2009 and 2010) we have discussed and chosen methodologies, methods and tools to work (scientific director, facilitators and if possible young people).

9 Territorial Activities (in each territory involved) We identify, in each geographical area (Ulss n.3-8-15) foster families families of origin residential communities centres for positive activities for cyp at risk (diurnal communities) Children in foster care Children in residential communities Children in diurnal centres TOTAL Ulss 31019837 Ulss 81423744 Ulss 1514222864 TOTAL386449151 Data updated 2009

10 a meeting with operators of social services (protection and care & foster care) and operators of the private social sector (residential and “diurnal” communities) to explain the project and to plan the actions with children and young people involved ULSS 3 territorial working group ULSS 8 territorial working group ULSS 15 territorial working group Territorial Activities (in each territory involved)

11 Meetings with boys and girls that have accepted to be involved in the project : - CYP in foster care - CYP that live in a residential care institution - CYP that are in a educational daycare centre Focus of the meetings: everyday life decisions taken by social services participation of CYP to the project Children’s meetings are conducted by two facilitators The meetings with children

12 For children and young people in foster care: a preliminary meeting to explain the project to families of origin foster care families and children in foster care (adults and children together); Planning of – at least - two meeting with children in foster care Among the first and the second meeting some children/young people (delegates/volunteers) will met another time with facilitators to organize and summarize the materials (post-it, sentences, stories… ) produced during the meeting. Activities in each territory

13 For CYP in residential communities and in diurnal centers Meetings with children in residential (one meeting for each institution/structure) Meetings with children in diurnal Activities in each territory

14 The project field work is composed of : - at least 9 meeting of cyp in each territorial area (Local Health n.3-8- 15) - at least 28 meeting in total (the 3 rd phase will involved delegates of children) DELEGATES of children and young people will be chosen by children themselves during the previous meetings At the end of the 3 rd phase there will be a group of children (6-8 CYP) that represents peers and might take part at: - London residential meeting - the local steering group - the inter- territorial working group

15 The RESEARCH activities Methods & Methodologies The RESEARCH activities Methods & Methodologies Etnographic and Participant Observation during the children’s meetings and collection of field notes (direct observation and reflection on what has been observed) with the support of video and audio recording of meetings, photos and verbatim transcription Realization narrative interviews with boys and girls involved in the project (deepening lives experience; representations, hopes and expectations) focus groups with relevant social services staff, practitioners and foster families

16 to get in contact with some young people that were involved in a previous participation project “ Vivere in comunità ”. - Some young people (aged 16 to 20) were informed of the european “involved by right project” and decided/accept to support adults in planning and in realizing this research project. - 2 young people took part at the presentation of the project to families of origin, foster care families and children in foster care. They explained their experience, told episodes to their peers and had a pizza together with cyp in foster care - 4 young people take part at the transnational meeting held in Bassano del Grappa The involvement of cyp IN the project... toward the construction of a Youth Advisory Board

17 To introduce, in a stable way, the true meaning of the term " participation " in the work of social services; To identify practical methods in working with children and young people to make real their participation in the process involving them. Our main expectations from this project

18 What we are looking for the future In order to consolidate the results of the IBR project we're are now thinking about the possibility of establishing a YAB (at least locally) and then: - To study what are the steps to build this Young People Consultative Group; - How to make it stable over time (even with the change of its components) and to identify what are the mechanisms for its composition (young people only from protection system or, also, from other areas); - What actions make it able to produce and how to connect the activities with the activities of social services;

19 Furthermore we would like to develop a project idea that explore the theme of participation involving all young people in the processes of care and protection (not only in diurnal or host communities or in foster care situation); we are thinking not only to realize the YAB but also other possible activities : - collective activities (laboratories, production of collective material, etc.) - individual activities. What we are looking for the future

20 The MAIN QUESTION is : how children can be actors themselves (individually and /or collectively) and really express their opinions in the care and protection system processes involving them? How and what young people can tell to the services system and policy makers, etc.? What we are looking for the future

21 From this experience, but also from literature and some previous experiences,we are sure that young people: - Can tell us (and teach us) interesting and useful things that can help us to change perspectives and points of view and so to modify/adapt approaches and practices (also in "consolidated” services); - The participatory process and the possibility of being in a group of peers who live the same experiences : - have positive results; - produce “energy” ; - makes them feel less alone ( this is also very useful for their personal growth process in relation to the events that generally they live as passive actors); And, finally, we also know that in our context local regional level is necessary to develop this kind of experience that is much more widespread in the rest of the world (for example when we talk about “advocacy”) What we are looking for the future

22 On these issues we are looking for partners in order to submit a proposal for an European Project. Any demonstration of interest can be sent to: claudia.bontorin@aslbassano.it Thanks for your attention!!


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