Competence centre on family based care in the Barents region
Detailed description of the Good Practice
SOS Children's Villages Norway (SOS Norway) is applying to the Ministry of Health and Care Services for financial support to the project: Competence centre on family based care in the Barents region. The project aims at supporting the BEAC's programme on Health and Related Social Issues in the Barents Euro-Artic Region 2008-2011, promoting long-term family based forms of alternative care. SOS Norway's main aim is to transmit knowledge and experience to the Russian partners to enable them over time to implement the projects independently. The PRIDE training programme for professionals and foster families is implemented as a common working model for abandoned children to grow up in a caring family environment. In order to prevent children from being separated from their biological families the Family Group Conferences project has been introduced. All partners involved in the project have supported the project in written form (see attached letters); the Murmansk Regional Administration, Pskov Region and Krasnogvardeisky district (Saint Petersburg). SOS Norway was officially registered as an international NGO in 2006 in the Registration Chamber in Moscow. SOS Norway is focusing on cross-disciplinary co-operation and co-operation between national and international partners involved in the project, as well as Russian municipal and regional authorities. Based on lessons learned and previous experiences SOS Norway wishes to further expand its project. The SOS Norway staff have long experience in capacity building in the area of family based care. They are closely cooperating with national and international resource persons to continusly develop their own skills in this sphere. The training is carried out by SOS Norway staff (trainers), with participation of national NGOs as well as national state institutions who already work with this target group. The training courses are targeting the children and adolescents in need of alternative family based care, parents/guardians, child care professionals, administrative departments, teachers and students of the universities. The Murmansk regional authorities is financing parts of the mutual projects and are supervising the administrative and juridical aspects of the projects. SOS Norway's representative office in Murmansk will finance and organize the transfer of knowledge and the educational process. Based on previous experience SOS Norway are convinced that cross-disciplinary co-operation is the most effective approach, and involves both state bodies as well as civil society organizations in the project activities.
Objectives of the Good Practice
To implement the gained knowledge and lessons learned of methods for working with family based care to other locations in North-west Russia. - To further develop the Competence Centre on family based care in providing knowledge, experience sharing, consultations and follow up of activities in the targeted locations (Murmansk region, Pskov region and Saint Petersburg).
Specific objectives/indicators - To create and further develop professional networks in Russia and abroad which can secure transfer/exchange of knowledge in the thamatic area of family based care - To improve the administrative and professional cooperation between the different Russian committees (regional and municipal) and NGOs.
Participants of the Good Practice
SOS Children's Villages Norway (SOS-barnebyer Norge) Children and adolescents in need of alternative family based care (children brought up in children's homes, orphan and abandoned children as well as social orphans, children with disabilities and other vulnerable children - The children's parents/guardians - Professionals working with the children - Responsible administrative departments - Teachers and students of Universities
Target group of the Good Practice
- Children and adolescents in need of alternative family based care (children brought up in children's homes, orphan and abandoned children as well as social orphans, children with disabilities and other vulnerable children - The children's parents/guardians - Professionals working with the children - Responsible administrative departments - Teachers and students of Universities
Funding of the Good Practice
Ministry of Health and Care Services of Norway
More Details of the Good Practice
Cooperation with the Murmansk Region Education Committee started in 1998 with a Study of the System for Public Care of Orphans and Neglected Children on the Kola Peninsula named "Public Child Care on the Kola Peninsula". The study was carried out by three researchers affiliated to the Fridtjof Nansen Institute and one Russian researcher from the Kola Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Apatity. This study made the base for future co-operation and consultations with the Russian partner, the Murmansk Regional Administration. Unfortunately the same year Russia experienced a crisis in the country's economy and SOS Children's Villages Norway (SOS Norway) were asked to contribute with clothes and other needs to the child care institutions in Murmansk. Parallel with the emergency relief distribution SOS Norway had consultations with the Regional Authorities on future cooperation. This resulted in an agreement of the construction and establishment of the Children's Village in Kandalaksha as well as establishing a system and methods for family based care for children in foster families. Abandoned children are the the target group of these projects. Since the year 2000 SOS Norway and the Murmansk Regional Administration have implemented a few projects on children-orphans care in the Murmansk region. Today SOS Norway is working on the following projects: - PRIDE (training programme for specialists and foster families) - The family group conferences project (FGC) - Youth Home Project - Children and youngsters with disabilities - Children and youngsters who abuse drugs and alcohol.
- All persons who have participated in the project will have developed an individual approach on actions taken in order to support children and their families at risk. - Child care authorities, professionals and partners are trained and receive follow up in order for them to gain experience and new methods as a tool for working with abandoned children and children at risk of abandonment. - The traninees participated in the training in Pskov, Murmansk and Saint Petersburg regions have gained new knowledge on the PRIDE method promoting family based care. - The targeted trainees participated in training in Murmansk and Saint Petersburg have gained new knowledge on Family Group Conferences, preventing children from being abandoned.
Documentation and documents
Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being
Mr Gill Lars
Street and number Tordenskioldsgate 6 b
P.O. Box 733 Sentrum
ZIP / Postal code 0105
Phone number / Internet telephony ID +47 22 47 92 80
Fax +47 22 47 92 81
Data sources and references
http://www.ndphs.org/?database,view,project,1185 (Accessed July, 8, 2009)