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Effective social services for children and parents in Russia

01 January 2020 – 31 December 2022

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Task:
The project aims to improve the quality and broaden the range of services available to children and families facing a difficult life situation, strengthening professional qualifications of specialists from government and non-government organisations working with these categories in 10 regions of Russia. The anticipated outcome is the reduction in the number of children who have lost parental care, as well as decrease in the levels of domestic violence, neglect and abuse of children in these regions. Particular focus will be given to work through available channels of communication to inform the public about the importance of work done by social work practitioners in order to retain biological family environment for children, their achievements and challenges. The project will directly target parents and children who have gone through the difficult process of restoration of parental rights and are prepared to share their experience of separation.

Organisations and practitioners from the following regions are expected to participate: St Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, Moscow and Moscow Oblast, Republic of Karelia, Perm Krai, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk and Tyumen Regions.


Financed by:

European Union

Partners:

Government and non-government organisations from 10 regions of Russia


Active support and development of parents’ competencies for preservation of family for the child.

01 November 2019 – 31 December 2020

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Task:
A model of comprehensive support of families at risk of loss of parental care by children will be implemented within the framework of the project and will include two elements: assistance in resolving acute social problems and development of parental competencies, to ensure effective support of families and sustainable results. The following categories of parents are targeted by the projects: low-income, with experience of substance abuse, with psychological issues, single parents, care leavers, those under supervision by child protection bodies.

The programme of parenting classes created for this target group consists of three key strands of parental competencies: Safety, Development and Interaction. Individual sessions with parents are conducted in their natural domestic environment; training and skills development are based on familiar settings, which helps to embed them. Each phase of work with families will be documented and analysed in order to further develop the parenting programme and assess its effectiveness. A training manual and guidance for practitioners will be developed by the end of the project.


Financed by:

Presidential Grants Foundation

Partners:

Guardianship authorities of St. Petersburg, Family Support Centres of St. Petersburg, NGOs


“Next to Mum” programme for children to remain in their birth families

01 July 2019 – 30 November 2020

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Task:
The project’s aim is to work with families in direct risk of loss of parental care by children, as well as those that have already voluntarily placed children in residential care, primarily single mothers without support from their family or social circle and with additional risk factors such as personal experience of loss of parental care, mental health issues, dependencies, domestic violence, poverty and housing issues.

The project’s focus is the child’s welfare and needs, so the efforts are predominantly directed towards building up the parents’ strengths and reducing risk factors to ensure the safety and comprehensive development of the children. The individual programme of assistance to each family includes legal and psychological consultations, practical help with domestic issues, development of parental competences and support during visits to various official bodies and institutions. The services are provided at the family’s home.

The project is implemented in the city of St. Petersburg.


Financed by:

Charitable Foundation for children and socially vulnerable adults «Klyuch»

Partners:

Guardianship authorities of St. Petersburg, Family Support Centres of St. Petersburg, NGOs

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