Leaving Care Services, progress report

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A progress report on Development Leaving Care Services by EveryChild Ukraine - representative of an international non-governmental organisation, fighting to protect some of the world's most vulnerable children.

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Leaving Care Services, progress report

  1. 1. Contents Background Supporting Young People Creating a Strategy Improving the preparation Leaving Care for leaving care Tailoring individual support for care-leavers Development Leaving-care Services in Kyiv oblast Project Accessing training, Summary Report for April – December 2008 education and employment Reconstruction of premises EveryChild Ukraine, 2009 PR and media outreach Financial Report
  2. 2. Background The initiative is aimed at setting up the pioneering extended innovative promises a vicious circle for the future of crime, drugs, alcohol, HIV and yet more services for care leavers of Tarashchanskyy rayon (Kyiv oblast) aimed at orphans. reducing the negative impact of the risk factors affecting the child once leaving the care system. It aims explicitly to make a visible impact on a Alarming statistic of Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports shows that after leaving specific area of Kyiv oblast and to provide a gateway to more permanent care 20% of care leavers from institutions in Ukraine are unable to find a job, or support services. obtain a profession, 41% of care-leavers have no perspective in solving of housing problems, 28 % of care-leavers are engaged in criminal activities. In total, annually there are at least 35-40 The Project which is implemented by EveryChild Ukraine with the support from the children in three British Embassy and Kyiv Lions Club helped these children to develop life skills and residential care employability, raising their chances to have successful lives. institutions of Tarashcha, who are forced as young During the reporting period different types of activities have been implemented: as 16 to leave care and trainings for social workers in delivery specified services; trainings and master-classes fend for themselves. for care leavers on life skills (budgeting, negotiating with officials, employers, practical skills, self care, domestic skills (cooking, laundry, cleaning), vocational guidance, preparation of pathway plans for care-leavers; introduction of With the Soviet break-up, these orphanages were mentoring system for 20 children; preparation of individual care plans for children from Nadia internat; and establishment of School of Social Adaptation. left in a vacuum. The main result of this project would be that 50-70 children will be fully prepared for independent life in their communities after leaving residential care. The children from these institutions are often This project is very important nowadays, when a high number of child Tarashcha care leavers parents to be underdeveloped © Simon Crofts/EveryChild Ukraine orphans are educated in state specialized institutions on an insufficient level of intellectually and socially, budgetary financing. School of Social Adaptation in Tarashcha is a specific and are left with little hope of advancement of private sector employment example of how we are developing the method of social adaptation for orphans after they leave. and children without parental care in order to create a model of basic adaptation and rehabilitation for similar institutions in Ukraine. It is all too easy for them to fall prey to a circle of crime, drugs, prostitution and prison. The hopelessness faced by the graduates of children’s institutions
  3. 3. School of Social Adaptation Developing a series of training courses for orphans and children deprived of parental care was one of the key objectives of the project. The training programme for School of Social Adaptation Creating a strategy included the following courses: One of the integral parts of the project itself was preparation and planning. The • Course on social adaptation aimed at agreement between Tarashcha rayon state administration and EveryChild Ukraine overcoming the orphan’s antisocial was signed on introduction of leaving care services. Moreover, we decided to tendencies, formed by the circumstances of create an additional pilot site for leaving care services in the city of Pereyaslav- their birth, the situation in their family during the Khmel’nitsky, where care-leavers there are several institutions on oblast level. early years of childhood and by living at the According to these agreements two social workers specialized in leaving-care children’s home from an early age; services were introduced into the existing social services system. • Course on social adaptation aimed at Tarashcha care-leavers on overcoming the psychological vocational training in internat EveryChild Ukraine signed an agreement with Kyiv oblast Institute of post-graduate consequences of the child living for a long time ©Simon Crofts/EveryChild studies for scientific and methodological expertise of the project. This agreement at the orphanage-school; Ukraine will also ensure further promotion of project results in Kyiv oblast. • Course on providing quality competitive education by creating a system After a series of research, analysis and adaptation ∗, which was complete during of regular study-groups and seminars, which enable the orphanage July-September, EveryChild staff and experts developed a methodology of graduates' professional self-determination; preparation of individual care plans and mentoring. The methodology was based on needs assessment of children leaving care, so-called ”social passport”, • Course on finding employment for orphans and children without developed with the help of Service for Children of Kyiv Oblast. If employment; successfully implemented, this allows us to have information database on care leavers of Tarashcha residential institutions. “Social passport” provides • Course which will enable the rise in the hygienic education and practices of all the necessary information about reasons of institutionalization, place the teenagers and will serve as a reliable and permanent source of and time of being in care, development of a child, his or her rights (for information about modern hygienic products and their use. instance on housing), contacts with biological relatives and etc.  In total 2 Ukrainian model projects were analyzed and statistical data for care leavers in Ukraine, 1 British project, 2 Russian projects and Bulgarian Care Leavers Integration Programme - a joint project of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  4. 4. The methodology itself was presented to agencies, partners during special session held in Kyiv Oblast Sate Administration. With the help of inter-agency approach we broke the stereotype that support for care leavers was still seen as a social services issue. Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky City Council adopted a special strategy for development of leaving care services and support for children leaving care. Improving preparation for leaving care In September EveryChild Ukraine organized a special training on inter-agency Trainings cooperation and joint work of social agencies in Pereyaslav-Khmel’nitsky. A multi agency meeting brought together local authorities, social services providers, EveryChild Ukraine developed training modules for on social work, inter- educational institutions to establish effective mechanism of future project agency cooperation and mentoring. development. Trainings for social workers and professionals of Some of the issues raised included: beginning preparation for independence institutions on individual care plans and mentoring training as early as possible; mentoring system introduction; training care leavers to system were held on the 27-28 November help with the training of workers; developing work-experience opportunities for “Development of individual care plans in order to care leavers; training facilities for social workers were reviewed. Awareness of socialize care leavers”, and on the 11-12 December assessment and pathway planning by social workers and staff in partner agencies “Training on socialization and adaptation of care was reviewed; key champions for care leavers in relevant agencies in project sites leavers for personnel of residential institutions”. with social services responsibilities were identified. Training on socialization and Round table on inter-agency cooperation, All trainings on looked-after children and care adaptation of care leavers for Joint training allowed us to ©EveryChildUkraine leavers were organized on a multi-agency basis to personnel of residential promote a common set of values spread knowledge and support networking. institutions ©EveryChild, Ukraine by all professionals working with care leavers. Inter-agency co-operation As a result a multi-agency working group was set up from In the framework of the project EveryChild Ukraine invited a range of partners residential institutions’ to attend the seminars, which resulted in an open and interesting exchange of representatives, local authorities views and experiences. Across all of the seminars, participants highlighted a and social workers including range of barriers and challenges to working together effectively to improve labour center, medical and outcomes for care leavers, and identified potential ways to overcome these. educational institutions for the preparation of School of Social Adaptation in Tarashcha.
  5. 5. The same group operates in Pereyaslav-Khmel’nitsky for children leaving care, accessible and young-person-led, offers a range of advice and support, ensures who study in lyceum and local institute. This leaving-care “corporate parents young people’s involvement, places young people at the centre, focuses on the group” includes social workers, psychologists, specialists from labour center, young people’s agenda, helps develop friendships and peer support. teachers, representatives of administration and health sector. EveryChild Ukraine developed a training pack for young people∗. The training pack nd On the 2 of December EveryChild Ukraine held a round-table with key shows the impact that support can have on care leavers’ results, focusing on stakeholders in Tarashcha on the problem of care-leavers in this district. Key education, training and employment. Training modules for care leavers present a officials and decision makers from Kyiv Oblast State Administration clear pathway plan for independent life and include such areas as participated in the meeting. money/budgeting, cooking, communication skills, job search opportunities and etc. The complete list of trainings was agreed with our partners. Tailoring individual support for care leavers Mentor’s System School of Social Adaptation The other innovative and quite new for Ukraine component of the project was development of mentoring system which could ensure individual support to The vision of the School of Social children and building relationships. Adaptation originated from care leavers’ feeling that they We started an introduction of mentoring system for care-leavers. A group of didn’t have a voice in the mentors was selected and trained on a meeting “Introducing the mentoring leaving-care services provided system’ in December in Tarashcha. The scheme – still in development – is a to them. partnership between EveryChild Ukraine, Tarashcha Centre of Social Services for Family, Children and Youth, Tarashcha residential institutions. Therefore, EveryChild Ukraine after adaptation of Reconstruction of premises methodology for School of Social Adaptation and With help of additional funding functioning of Leaving Care from Kyiv Lions Club we decided Services on the basis of Centres Opening School of Social Adaptation, to make a reconstruction of the of Social Services decided to ©EveryChild, Ukraine premises (the centre will have organize a focus group from comfortable sofas, kitchen, and tables to care-leavers and to hear their voice about the School of Social adaptation. learn and spend free time). We came to the conclusion that School of Social Adaptation is a club not only A soon as secure funding was received, for care-leavers, but for those who would like to be independent in adult life, the tender was held for reconstruction. A thus to avoid positive discrimination. contract was signed with local company Tarashcha care-leavers on which completed the renovation. An appropriate venue was found and renovated and, working in partnership reconstruction of premises with agencies including education, labour, and health agencies wide range ©Simon Crofts/EveryChild Ukraine of trainings is run in the School. These include education, employment advice,  life skills – cooking, budgeting, accommodation, health education. The School EveryChild Ukraine reviewed r international and national experience in care leaving services (individual pathway works from 2nd of December effectively, because it is a one-stop shop, plans, mentoring methodology, methodology for School of Social Adaptation).for training pack for care leavers 3 Ukrainian pocket books and 3 international pocket books were analyzed
  6. 6. Renovation and equipment of premises was completed. Two rooms, corridors, toilet and kitchen were renovated. Now the Centre has an equipped training room for studying and just to spend free time and a comfortable “home- styled’ room for regular meetings between mentors and care-leavers. We changed water communications and made a kitchen on the first floor of the Centre of Social Services. We changed the windows, so now it is much warmer and comfortable to spend time there. The sitting room was excellently refurbished. We bought furniture for kitchen and plan to buy all the necessary things to start classes in cooking, sewing courses, self support groups for care leavers, leisure activities The care leavers no longer have to spend their free time on the streets, but can sit comfortably on the sofas. They have been also actively involved in the reconstruction works. On the photos placed below you may see how it looked before and now it looks completely different now.
  7. 7. The possible type of support could be as following:  pro bono services for design and printing of publications in the framework of the project  job opportunities for children leaving care  volunteers for mentoring  stationery (flip-charts, pens, notebooks, paper etc.)  furniture for the School of Social Adaptation (tables, shelves) Feedback from partners and project participants “Young people leaving care are particularly vulnerable to exclusion which is why I am committed to making sure public services meet their needs. I believe that our club can become an Tarashcha care-leavers on a organisation of integrity and experience. vocational training in internat Interesting training curricula, materials ©Simon Crofts/EveryChild Ukraine friendly “home-like” atmosphere make children become more open, communicative and self-confident”, - Tarashcha PR/Fundraising and media outreach social center for family, children and youth, social worker, Olga, coordinates activities in club “How to become successful”; British photographer Simon Crofts filmed care leavers for future “I am grateful to the Club “How to become successful” for their great exhibition for raising funds for the project activities. work supporting young people who are making the transition from care to independent living. During our classes I learned a lot of useful and interesting All project activities are updated at EveryChild Ukraine website and information. But most importantly, now I know how to set up goal and to reach it newsletter. successfully”, - Vika, 17, care leaver from Tarashcha internat, visits Club “How to become successful” regularly; Need for further support “I don’t feel like the only care leaver anymore! “All the activities were great fun and I would love the chance to do it again. You all helped me to overcome my EveryChild Ukraine continues to implement the project and we would be glad fears and learn things which I had not experienced before. for the further possible support. I wish to keep the gained knowledge well and to avoid mistakes in my life in the future”, Vitaliy, 16 – care-leaver from Tarashcha internat feedback after training;
  8. 8. “I liked everything we discussed during the classes. I understood how to start Thank You! my job search, how to communicate with people more confidently and effectively” – Marina, 15, care-leaver from Tarashcha internat, after training on EveryChild is grateful to the support we received from individuals, business and career management and job search; community organisations, British Embassy and Kyiv lions Club, who share our commitment in striving to provide the quality care and services to the care-leavers. “I am grateful to people who helped our leaving-care services system to get organised and become empowered. Their words inspired all of us to make a Without these donations much of the innovative work carried out in social care, positive and enduring difference to the children and young people in our education and activities; and the opportunities provided for young people would care. Our community realized that preparation and support for life after care not be possible. is particularly important for care leavers, and it’s everybody’s business. The renovated social center now attracts more and more young people, I think, We are looking forward for further co-operation with you to gain more mutual and it’s a good start.”, -Tarashcha social center for family, children and youth, socially beneficial experience. Director Mrs. Tetyana Yakubovska EveryChild Ukraine team Financial Report Project duration: April 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009 (18 months) Report period: April 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008 (9 months) Funders Total Contribution, Reporting Period Expenses, USD USD British Embassy 6000 1355 Kyiv Lions Club 9268 9268 Ukrainian businesses 8298 8298 Local government 1080 1054 EveryChild 8880 5651 Total 34526 25625 A number of Ukrainian companies have also supported the Project by in-kind contributions including computers, office equipment (tables).

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