INTEGRA: Multidisciplinary Mentorship programme to support the entrepreneurship of children in care and young care-leavers
The ethnographic research conducted in the INTEGRA partner countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) originated an innovative set of National Reports that analyse the process of ageing out of care in EU southern countries. The findings of this European research are highlighted and reviewed in the White Paper Ageing out of Care into Autonomous Living, which proposes tailored solutions to challenges, trends and needs that undermine a successful transition into adulthood.
The participating organisations are “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center (CY), Mediterranean Management Center (CY), CESIE (IT), Smile of the Child (GR), CEPS Projectes Socials (ES) and APCdP – Division M (PT). These specific southern EU countries, as increasing migration wave receivers of unaccompanied children, have been carefully chosen in order to create a front line of specialised professionals that will have the know-how and abilities to support the transition from state care towards autonomous living.
The White Paper, Ageing out of Care into Autonomous Living presents and reviews the findings of the ethnographic research in the framework of the INTEGRA project. The White Paper does not intend to depict a “one size fits all approach” to all country contexts and results that emerged from the national reports, but to give a bird’s eye view to the common essential elements needed for a fruitful and autonomous living process. This represents the foundation for the Mentoring Integration Programme (MIP) currently under development by INTEGRA network partners.
Therefore, within the context of the research findings, the White Paper aims to ascertain a core of essential Pillars for Autonomous Living for young care leavers and essential Capacity Building Pillars for professionals connected to the ageing-out of care support and coordination
Please see here the full document of the White Paper.