In the second phase of the “Prepare for Leaving Care” project, SOS Children’s Villages International and its partners will expand into new countries to help more care leavers on the road to independence.
Young people who have lived in alternative care face many challenges on their way to living independently. The main objective of the Leaving Care project is to embed a child-rights based culture into child protection systems to achieve better outcomes for care leavers.
This year the project aims to roll out the “Prepare for Leaving Care” curriculum and training materials in Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, and additional regions in Italy and Romania. In the first phase about 400 care professionals in five European countries – Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain – participated in training workshops. Another 14 professionals received training to conduct workshops for care professionals in their own countries. The project will further ensure that the rights and support needs of young people who live or have lived in alternative care are included in all child rights policy debates.