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Mentoring Integration Programme(MIP) is one of the main products of INTEGRA project which consists of a wide range of tools for care professionals working at residential centres, day centres, homes or shelters. The MIP aims to capacitate the professionals, as Leaving Care Professionals (LCPs) to mentor, guide and empower the aged +16 children, and to facilitate their ageing-out process.

 

The Mentoring Integration Programme is complemented by P4C, a Platform For Cooperation of stakeholders offering training, apprenticeships and job opportunities as well as other services (i.e. legal advice, financial services, educational opportunities etc.). This platform responds to the need of the care professionals and mentors to guide and connect children in care with post-care stakeholders (employers, trainers, educators, legal counsellors, advisors etc) on their path to self-determination and community participation.

 

INTEGRA project is co-financed with the support of the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program.

About MIP Platform

The Mentoring Integration Programme (MIP) platform is tailored to reflect individual needs gradually constructing the transition to full self-reliance. Designed as a set of tools for care professionals and mentors working with children aged +16 who are in the ageing out process, the MIP platform consists of 2 general steps:

 

Step 1: Assessment:

The platform presents an assessment toolkit for Leaving Care Professionals (LCPs) that enables them to assess the knowledge and skills of each care leaver on 9 pillars for Autonomous Living:

        1. Education
        2. Community participation and interpersonal relationships
        3. Health
        4. Communication and cultural awareness
        5. Career and Employment
        6. Financial and money management skills
        7. Self-determination, autonomy skills and teenagers’ development
        8. Bureaucracy, legislation and networking
        9. Housing

The process is rooted on a participatory approach as it involves the self-assessment opportunity for each care leaver.

Based on the results of the assessment, the LCPs together with the child in care will discuss and will be able to identify for which pillars the child needs further development based on the Offline Assessment toolkit.

Step 2: Guidance and Mentoring

Furthermore, the LCP through the MIP platform has access to a set of workshops and mentoring activities in each pillar and may choose those which will assist in educating and guiding the child to improve and be better prepared for the ageing-out process.

Pillars for Development

These nine pillars have been identified following an ethnographic research across 5 European countries. These pillars address the nine most important domains that need to be nourished for a holistic preparation and support of the children in care aged +16. For more information you may read the Ageing out of Care into Autonomous Living: White Paper


Education


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Community Participation & Interpersonal Relationships


Health


Communication &
Cultural awareness


Career &
Employment


Financial and Money
Management Skills


Self-determination
autonomy skills and teenagers’ development


Bureaucracy, Legislation, and Networking


Housing

Assessment

The Online Assessment designed as a self-assessment tool is addressed to the children in care to evaluate their knowledge on 9 Pillars for Autonomous Living: 

  1. Education
  2. Community participation and interpersonal relationships
  3. Health
  4. Communication and cultural awareness
  5. Career and Employment
  6. Financial and money management skills
  7. Self-determination, autonomy skills and teenagers’ development
  8. Bureaucracy, legislation and networking
  9. Housing

Nonetheless, it is recommended for a Leaving Care Professional to be present and support the child in care when undertaking the Online self-assessment.

The Offline Assessment is a toolkit for mentors for further evaluation of the child’s knowledge and skills across the same 9 pillars. The Leaving Care Professional, supported by the results of the online assessment can selectively focus on certain needs and challenges faced by each child for more in depth evaluation.

Online Assessment 

 Offline Assessment