The Project 

An Erasmus+ project

The project has achieved the primary objective of favoring and realizing the social inclusion of that group of adults, resident in the countries of the European Union, with a history of protection in their childhood and who, for these reasons of social and personal fragility, remained and remain in that gray zone of vulnerability that, added to the overall social situation of their country, risks generating further marginalization and social exclusion.

We also aimed to concretize the principle of equity, understood as equal opportunities, by intervening on the existing procedures and practices in the field of protection and discharge of subjects who have been removed from their families of origin and taken into care by assignee structures, bringing tangible, concrete and transferable improvements that allow them to undertake the road to autonomy in the most fruitful way possible.

The project was carried out at the transnational level because in this way it allowed the widest and most global vision possible and because it was essential to think about the issue in a European dimension in order to share the results for a wide range of disadvantaged people. The primary aim was to make the system of protection, and in particular of discharge, as profitable as possible: the resigning persons, after having completed the period of foster care at the facilities to which they were assigned, were able to take advantage of a deciphered and codified path that allowed a maximally inclusive insertion in their social context and a full autonomy in work, housing and emotional-relational terms.

The project has achieved these principles through the development of innovative methodologies-strategies and better in terms of effectiveness, used by caregivers who work with people taken care of by the systems of protection and tutelage. Specifically, the project was aimed at increasing the skills of educators through an exchange and study of best practices followed by all European countries involved in the project. The result that was expected and obtained consisted in a full, complete and deep knowledge of the various European systems of protection and discharge of the subject who, for various reasons, has not had the opportunity to live with his family of origin, thanks to the know-how offered by the caregivers involved in the project. Once acquired this knowledge, the next result that was expected and achieved was the codification of a procedure, shared at European level, that allows to direct all caregivers towards a practice as effective and efficient as possible.

This result was made explicit with the creation of the “Guidelines for the processes of accompaniment to adult life of young people in foster care situations”, intended as the primary work of ingenuity and tangible to which the project aimed, the tool to allow the sharing and transferability of the content of the new system of protection and discharge of the subject.

The results achieved concern:

1. allowing maximum social inclusion of those who, due to personal-family backgrounds, are disadvantaged, also promoting equity, understood as the possibility of drawing the same opportunities in the context of belonging;

2. an improvement in the knowledge of the subject addressed by a non-specialist public, so that social prejudices and discrimination against people who have not had the opportunity to live in their family of origin are diminished above all;

3. a marked increase in the skills and knowledge of the caregivers involved in the project so that their daily actions have better outcomes from the same action and comparison at the European level;

4. a strong increase in awareness and competence in the involvement of non-professional caregivers, a fundamental element in decreasing the difficulties of insertion after reception.

The impact was achieved through various channels: internal dissemination among all the operators in the countries participating in the project so that it would be possible to carry the new skills and knowledge into daily practice and thus improve it. External dissemination was ensured through the creation of a dedicated website and a dedicated page on each of the participants’ websites. The dissemination events were the tools used for the greatest media impact and dissemination: the objective achieved was to reach the largest number of beneficiaries, both professional and non-professional, to allow the extension of the action of social inclusion and equity in the enjoyment of rights of disadvantaged adults.