The eighteen-month ALFACA II project started in February 2018 and aimed to improve reception and care for unaccompanied children by structurally increasing the quality and quantity of family based care for them.
ALFACA II was carried out by Nidos (the Netherlands) and partners Minor N’dako, Pleegzorg Vlaams-Brabant en Brussel and Mentor-Escale (all Belgium), METAdrasi (Greece), Amici dei Bambini (Italy), Center for Missing and Exploited Children (Croatia) and Hope for Children CRC Policy Center (Cyprus).
The project collected and spread practical knowledge about the state of the art on providing family based care for unaccompanied children in the participating countries Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. It intented to improve family based care where it was already (scattered) practice and provided the possibility to set it up as a reasonable alternative to institutional care where it hardly exists, but opportunities and will for development are there.
Situational analyses resulting in country reports
Situational analyses (through expert meetings and research) have been carried out in order to collect practical knowledge about the state of the art on family based care in the partner countries. These provided input for the drafting of country reports. Every country report contains a SWOT analysis, recommendations and actions plans. The recommendations are focused on the next steps to take in order to reach a sustainable system. You can find the reports below under “Reports and publications”.
Recommendations on European level
From these reports, the partners extracted the common threads to provide recommendations on a European level. You can find this report titled “ALFACA II Sustainable reception for unaccompanied children” below.
The preceding ALFACA-project enabled the development of specialised training; the ALFACA-training. The training aimed at increasing the capacity of professionals in a counselling role. As this target group is scattered, often part of national youth care systems and lacking the necessary skills in many countries, and given the important role that these professionals play in the life of the children, further dissemination of this training was very important. Under the ALFACA II project the ALFACA training has therefore been conducted in the partner countries. Each training has been adjusted to the country specific situation and needs. The training were offered to social workers as well as policy makers to reach professionals at different levels.
The ALFACA II Training Response Team conducted the training in five other member states (not partner countries) to ensure wider dissemination of the ALFACA material and promoting family based care for unaccompanied children.
The training is based on the ALFACA material (handbook and E-learning) which can be found here. If you are interested in these specific training plans you can contact the Project Manager using the contact information below.