Focus on aftercare policies
Young persons who have a past in care have a higher risk to become homeless. Too many youngsters who have left care, face exclusion from sustainable housing, work, education and leisure activities. A more efficient preparation of life after the care is needed, and a better understanding of the specific needs of the youngsters by social institutions and public services, once they have left care. The A Way Home project tackles these issues.
A first goal is to implement regional and local mechanisms and quality standards to support youth leaving care. The capacity of the professionals in aftercare are built up with tools and training. Young care leavers get structured and thorough aftercare, with themselves in the cockpit of their own aftercare trajectory. They will be better prepared in several life domains and have a better chance on a successful transition to an interdependent life. Under transition support tools, you can follow the activities the project partners develop to increase the capacity in aftercare of service providers
Secondly, we start local coalitions (from sectors as housing, education, employment, care, leisure, community initiatives, ...) who generate and implement a plan on preventing and ending youth homelessness. These local coalitions are built with the help of the A Way Home movement, started in Canada. This project aims at facilitating the emergence of A Way Home coalitions all over Europe. You can read more about these activities under the menu A Way Home Model.
The project activities are rolled out in Flanders and Carinthia.