Given the urgent need to pursue solutions for the housing and protection of the unaccompanied minors, METAdrasi’s team collaborated with institutional entities and organizations in other countries, evaluated different models that have been implemented for decades throughout Europe, as well as best practices and the Greek legal framework, and initiated a groundbreaking activity, which provides a safe environment for the unaccompanied minors.
METAdrasi’s “Supported Independent Living for unaccompanied minors” offers an alternative initiative regarding care provision for unaccompanied minors aged 16 to 18, identified refugees or asylum seekers, irrelevant of nationality.
The programme offers, apart from safe housing, a series of services that cover their basic needs (education, health, psychosocial development, legal aid, interpretation etc), along with a proper level of care and guardianship. Emphasis is given to setting targets, boosting self-esteem and self-preservation, developing their personalities, improving and empowering the skills developed, with the aim of enabling their smooth coming of age and integration to Greek society. The programme is framed by an interdisciplinary team, which consists of social worker, psychologist and other caretakers and offers psychosocial support with a view to the the teenagers’ gradual independence.
The activity is implemented with the support of UNICEF, UNHCR and Just Cycling and funding by the European Commission, the important contribution of the Public Prosecutor for Minors and METAdrasi’s Guardianship Network for Unaccompanied Minors, as well as with the cooperation of EKKA (National Center for Social Solidarity).