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4. Social Inclusion

4.4 Inclusive programmes for young people

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  1. Programmes for vulnerable young people
  2. Funding
  3. Quality assurance

Programmes for vulnerable young people

Youth Strategy Plan 2013-2015 “Future for all children and young people – disadvantaged children and young people in focus”

The reports of the DG detached youth worker, the recommendations of a future conference on the subject of youth welfare and the report on the KFN study "Gewalterfahrungen und Medienkonsum bei Jugendlichen in der DG [Experiences of violence and media consumption among young people in the DG] have shown that there is a need for action in the areas of violence prevention, fairness (fair access and equality of opportunity) an right to special help or support for children and young people with a variety of problems.

In conclusion the government has therefore decided that based on the title of the future project “Youth is the Future”, the 2013-2015 strategy plan should be drawn up under the motto: “The Future for all Children and Young People – with the focus on Disadvantaged Children and Young People.” Because of the political prioritisation in the strategy papers REK (“Regional Development Concept 2025”) and LAP (“Ongoing Work Programme”) the government has decided on the following two focus areas: 

  • Planning actions aimed at the target groups for children and young people with a range of problems
  • Propensity to violence among children and young people.

The action plan on these two focuses consisted of seven projects carried out in cooperation with various organisations. Among others there were

  • further training module for “Violence Prevention” or “Dealing with young people’s worries”
  • provision for experiential education in the DG
  • awareness-raising campaigns on the topic of “Violence in the Media and Dealing Critically with Media”

Oikos

For many years, on behalf of the youth court and in collaboration with the youth court services oikos has been monitoring and supporting young people with behavioural problems or drawn into criminal activity in the IPPGs (closed educational centres) or in a closed centre in St. Hubert (French-speaking Community).

As part of this oikos provides a German-speaking social worker who regularly conducts interviews in German during the young person’s stay to work on future prospects.

Alongside regular interviews, the content of the support by oikos is

  • developing educational projects
  • creating a social history
  • developing “possible proactive solutions”

This is carried out for the benefit of the young person. The proposed solutions developed will then be presented to the court for re-evaluation of the situation.

Time-Out

In 2011, “Time-out”, the educational pilot project for pupils of all mainstream and special secondary schools in the DG was launched. The essential project aims are the avoidance of an imminent exclusion from school and the successful re-integration into school by comprehensive socio-educational measures during a limited period. When pupils with considerable behavioural problems suddenly detach themselves from the class, become disaffected from school and keeping them in school represents an intolerable burden on the lesson and the school climate in spite of comprehensive internal school measures, the “Time-out” project is an option of averting imminent exclusion. The pupils receive limited “time out” from school attendance and transfer into the care of the “Time-out” project. Designed as a full-day school, the project enables the individual socio-educational support of the pupils with the aim of re-integrating them back into the class of the original school. This time-limited time out from the lesson is to be regarded as a bridging variant that, by extended support and advisory structures, is intended to give young people the opportunity to be guided and stabilised. This possibility of intervention includes special socio-educational measures that in the end are to enable the re-integration of the pupil into the original school. Here particular importance is attached to experiential education and creative expression.

Funding

All programmes and institutions for vulnerable young people are organised as non profit organisations and as such rely on public fundings issued by the German-speaking Community.

Quality assurance

In many areas (youth welfare, recognised social enterprises, etc.) the government uses so-called monitoring committees in which the implementation of the management contracts is monitored. Generally representatives of the organisations as well as the municipalities also join in the meetings. Furthermore the annual activity reports of the enterprises, enable a picture to be formed of the development of social integration in the German-speaking Community and to direct policy accordingly. No least numerous studies are likewise being written and statistics collected such as the poverty report of the DG in collaboration with the University of Mons.