FICE International Projects
QUALITY FOR CHILDREN
Quality4Children project is a common project of SOS Children’s Villages, IFCO and FICE.
Each child and youth without parental care has to be given the chance to shape his/her future in order to become a self-reliant, self-responsible and participating member of society, through living in a supportive, protective and caring environment, which promotes his/her full potential.
To create a European network of stakeholders advocating children’s rights in out-of-home care.
To develop international quality standards based on by using the experiences and good practices from people directly concerned.
To promote the implementation and monitoring of the standards at European, national and local level.
Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the objective of the project is to assure and improve the chances of development of children and youth in out-of-home care by
collecting good practices
developing quality standards
implementing quality standards
setting up a European network of people working in the field, youth, representatives of the scientific / research community, representatives of social / youth welfare authorities and politicians.
Qualiy4Children has five main equal values which were considered during the project. These are:
Participation: People directly concerned by out-of-home child care have been actively involved in the project since 2004; these include children and young adults who have experiences in out-of-home care, families of origin, caregivers and social workers.
Gender Mainstreaming and Diversity: Gender mainstreaming and the diversity of all those involved in out-of-home care are reflected in the processes.
Partnership: People and organizations directly concerned by out-of-home child care have the opportunity to join the project at national and international level.
Commitment: Q4C commits to the UN CRC.
Accountability and Sustainability: Q4C is accountable to the 3 organizations that created the project. Its sustainability will be ensured through a European network steered by the 3 organizations, which will ensure the promotion of the standards and the development of partnerships to advocate the improvement of the situation and development chances of children in out-of-home care.
Participation: 32 European countries
SAFE PARKS PROJECT
Safe Park Project for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
About 4 million people live in Lebanon. 1.5 million are Syrian refugees, including 53% children. Only 15% of them go to school. Because of the war most of them are highly traumatized. They grow up in a very uncertain environment, some of them are separated from their parents and do not have very good future prospects.
The International Social Service aims to provide protection and support for these children. Therefore the ISS initiated the “Safe parks” project in Lebanon – a project which has already been successfully implemented in partnership with FICE International several years ago in South Africa. FICE International together with the ISS realized project Safe parks for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, as a result of which a group of refugee children received professional support, attention and a chance to feel children again.
“Safe Parks” pursue two main objectives:
•To provide psycho-social support to Syrian refugee children, who are in an extreme life situation
•To offer them activities and mobile playgrounds in a safe setting.
. Safe Parks provide exactly this – safe places for children to play where they have access to adult supervision and can play in peace and safety. The key ingredient for the success of the model is the nurturing and exciting presence of child and youth care workers! Children like to play where adults are! They also like to play with adults, and get involved in structured activities. The Safe Park model offers the possibility of wholesome fun in the context of desperate lives – an essential ingredient for overcoming hardship
BE THE CHANGE - INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE
53 young adults from 15 world countries worked together on changes for a better world with support and guidance of 20 professional adults. Young people who have been living in alternative care and are now in the transition to an independent life (care leavers) exchanged their experiences about challenges of life changes they are going through and, based on that, created concrete suggestions and a proposal for policy changes towards care leavers. The culmination of the event was a short presentation in the congress opening and a 90-minute workshop on their findings at the 33rd FICE Congress and 2nd CYC World Conference.
In 2017 the international Youth Exchange: Be the change! was awarded with the Austrian Youth Award 2017 – Main prize in the category „Erasmus+: Jugend in Aktion“.
The award ceremony took place on 19th November 2017 in the City Hall of Vienna. Out of 151 projects, five projects in each of the categories „Your projects“, „National Youth Work“, „Erasmus+: Youth in Action“ were awarded with the recognition award and one project in the categories „National Youth Work“ and „Erasmus+: Youth in Action“ with the main prize.
The main award in the category „Erasmus+: Youth in Action“ went to the „International Youth Exchange: Be the change!“, coordinated by FICE Austria in Vienna in August 2016.