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Competence development for carers and educators of children in foster care in the context of trainsition from institutional to community based care
2024. 07. 15
Best practice database
Curriculum and training materials for careers and foster parents

About CareComp

In the context of transition from institutional to community based foster care, all countries face the challenge of changing the institutional culture, re-training and continuing competence development of careers and foster parents who look after the children facing multiple disadvantages and being highly exposed to the risk of social inclusion.

To facilitate the development of transversal (social, creative and recreational) skills of the carers and foster parents the present project proposes the following objectives:

1. Development of professional competence of trainers of carers and foster parents by offering them training curriculum, training materials and best practice models to be used in their daily work.

2. Development of the transversal skills of carers and foster parents by training them in fields such as: handling challenges, working with others, verbal and non-verbal communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, learning to learn, planning own work, problem-solving , etc.

Main activities to accomplish the project objectives will be:

1) needs analysis of the target group resulting in a transnational report on training and continuing development needs of carers and foster parents;

2) developing a website that will host not only project information and downloadable outputs but also a best practice database;

3) elaboration of a Curriculum on Developing transversal skills of carers and foster parents;

4) development of Training materials to support the implementation of the training course based on the curriculum.


Project period: September 2014 - August 2016

Transnational and learning/training activities:

In September 2015, 12 specialists (3 from each country, psychologists, social workers) will be trained in the project on how to use the Curriculum, the Training material and the Best Practice Database produced throughout the project. These specialists will than organise national pilot trainings for 40 carers and foster parents (10 persons per country).

The transnational joint staff training event will facilitate not only the professional development of the participants, but will also promote transnational cooperation and collaborative learning of specialists in child protection beyond the lifetime of the project and beyond the borders of the participating countries.


In the last semester of the project large multiplier events will be organised to exploit and search mainstreaming possibilities of project results:

1) in three countries (Austria, Croatia, Romania) dissemination workshops will be organised where representatives of the target group, project stakeholders and policy makers will participate

2) in the fourth project country, Hungary, a final transnational conference will be organized to promote further European cooperation on child protection issues.