The PROUD project (Promoting Supported Independent Living as an alternative care practice for unaccompanied minors) is a European project, funded by the AMIF Programme (Transnational actions for Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the EU Member States and supporting legal migration) for the 2019- 2021 period. The project will be implemented in Greece, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.
The PROUD project aims at promoting supported independent living as an alternative care practice for unaccompanied minors, focused on minors aged between 15 and 18 years old. Supported Independent Living is a new model of alternative care for unaccompanied minors. Supported Independent Living (SIL) provides adolescents with housing, supported supervision and access to a range of protection services. The Supported Independent Living model will ultimately provide unaccompanied children with opportunities to develop life skills, resilience, and livelihood skills in order to support their transition to adulthood within the local community.
Good practices regarding this type of care will be collected, exchanged and disseminated leading to the creation of a guide for the efficient provision of care to unaccompanied minors. The guide will be tested by care and child protection professionals, evaluated through follow-up and refined at the end of project.
Unaccompanied minors aged 15-18 are the main beneficiaries of the project receiving support services for the development of specific career skills. The project will also develop and implement capacity building activities for professionals in the field of child protection and alternative care. Finally, it will design and implement a specific mentoring scheme in order to facilitate the integration process of unaccompanied minors in new contexts and societies.
The project is expected to have a high impact both in short and long term. In the short term, 200 minors from 15 up to 18 years old are expected to benefit along with more than 500 child protection professionals and professionals who work with unaccompanied children in the participating countries. In the long term, the project is expected to positively influence EU Member States towards adopting alternative care practices by offering different pathways which do not lead to institutionalization.