The second steering group meeting of the EU project ‘FACT FOR MINORS – Fostering alternative care for troubled minors’ took place on the 18th and 19th of May in Barcelona. The main objective of this project is to reinforce the capacity of, and the cooperation between, professionals working in alternative care communities in five European Union (EU) countries -Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain- to adequately support and respond to the specific needs of children with psychiatric disorders under penal measures.
The project is coordinated by the National confederation of socio-educational communities of Italy (CNCA), and co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union. As one of the partners of this project, the IJJO is responsible for the management of an online course aimed at professionals working in alternative care with troubled children in conflict with the law. This course will be carried out next year on the website of the IJJO’s International School of Juvenile Justice.
During the second steering group meeting, the partners of the project had the opportunity to present and discuss the actions carried out so far, as well as the results of a desk research that partners have conducted at national level, related to the capacity-building process for professionals and organisations in this area within their countries.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to discuss the document ‘Esssential principles and guidelines for the development of new intervention models for work with children in alternative care’, drafted by the CNCA.
The meeting was preceded by a visit to the Therapeutic Unit of the Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, which hosts 12 youngsters from 14 to 21 years old with mental health and/or addiction problems who are serving a sentence.