A study we conducted among 13 organizations working with children and young people using the streetworking (outreach) method revealed that 25% of streetworkers have not received training on using this method. Only six organizations conduct regular training to improve working skills, 30% of the organizations examined do not supervise their employees in any way, and 25% do not evaluate the programs being conducted. This situation has implications for the effectiveness of measures taken in an open environment.
The project aims to improve the quality of services provided by streetworker organizations that work to help vulnerable children or young people.
We will deal with education and provide support for other organizations that work with children and young people. We will conduct eight training sessions on methodology for streetworker work, tailored to needs and expectations of particular organizations, and 40 one-day supervisions. We also expect to take additional supervision action (to resolve specific problems). We also envisage diagnostic measures aimed at updating the approach and methodology for working in an open community (detailed diagnosis of problems of streetworker organizations – 30 interviews, cooperation workshops for representatives of organizations that are subject to qualitative examination, a publication containing an analysis of needs and problems). We will organize meetings with representatives of local government authorities with which our member organizations work, to talk about the possibility of introducing the model produced for working to help children, young people, and young adults.
As a result of these measures, a report will be produced making a suggestion for a local government authority concerning the system of support for children and young people using streetworking, and professional working methods will be formulated for ten organizations that work with vulnerable children and young people. 60 people will receive training.