Towards social inclusion of disadvantaged children
Short Description and Goal
A network of 7 twinned towns brought together child care specialists and practitioners to exchange their experience and to propose solutions on how to protect the rights of one of the most vulnerable group – children from disadvantaged background and how to integrate them into social life on local level. They further explored the role of social organisations in partner towns vis-à-vis the provision of specialized services. This is a type of event where participating towns can learn from each others experience and thus improve their own activities in the area of social intervention.
- Child care experts from Kaunas (LT), Brno (CZ), Grenoble (FR), Lavrio (GR), Tartu (EE) and Wroclaw (PL) came together for a series of discussions and study visits on how to ensure the well-being of children and youth who live without parental supervision.
- The main objective of the meeting was to exchange experiences and best practices with regard to safeguarding the rights of children living in poverty and unfavourable social environments, organising after-school activities and providing services at social institutions.
- Key topics included the protection of children’s rights, organisation of after-school activities, crime prevention programmes, providing services at social institutions such as day-care centres and maintaining the relations between children and parents.
- This meeting started with each city introducing their situation in the field of child’s protection and child’s care in order to share experiences and practices.
- Study visits to day-care centres and other social institutions which provide services to the children and youth of Kaunas were followed by discussions on how to use available funds more efficiently, the capacity of social organisations to provide their services in a timely, relevant manner and the best practices currently used in each of the participating cities.
- By sharing their experiences and the best practices in each of the five twin cities, the network explored the various means of improving the social situation of children and youth who live in difficult social environments.
- Participants were confident that the contacts and cooperation initiated during this project will serve asa basis for future cooperation. They strongly support continuation of the project in order to analyse urgent issues in each of the participating cities.
Source: Town twinning projects on Social Inclusion
Innsbruck, AUSTRIA 10-12 May 2006
Brochure of best practices
Additional Media & Attachments / Credits
Level / Project Complexity
- Czech Republic
Sizes of Participating Cities
• 20.000 - 100.000
• 100.000 - 500.000
• 500.000 - 1,5 Mio