The respondents work with different groups of children and young people in a wide range of areas including children and young people without parental care, care-leavers (17-24 years old), children 0 - 18 years of age placed in out-of- home care and/or growing up in families with problems who need support and children and young people (0 – 23) sentenced to juvenile probation. The predominantly used methodologies include: Positive psychology; Empowerment; Resilience; Signs of Safety and Signs of Success-Peer to peer.
Pre-service training in child and youth care work is conducted by both higher education and vocational education institutions, with the option of taking mid-vocational education at different levels if they wish to work directly with children. Available qualifications include: Undergraduate, Bachelor, Masters and PhDs.
The respondents are currently focused on different projects. One of them is specifically focused on care leavers. Another respondent is doing consultancies on developing alternative care and deinstitutionalization in different assignments worldwide, training social work professionals from University to community workers and implementing the method My Backpack (already trained in The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Turkey and Sweden). The third respondent is working on Signs of Safety. They are interested in.
The Dutch members are interested in establishing project partnerships and research opportunities with other organizations. Please contact the FICE office for further details.