La Fundación de Servicios para Personas con Discapacidad de Finlandia (KVPS) ha desarrollado “Al Borde de la Edad Adulta” (On the Verge of Adulthood), un programa centrado en la transición de la educación secundaria hacia la edad adulta. KVPS trabaja con los jóvenes y sus familias para establecer objetivos individuales y desarrollar un plan para alcanzarlos en áreas como el trabajo, vivienda y estudios superiores. Desde 2013 se ha prestado apoyo a 434 jóvenes y KVPS está intentando ampliarlo aún más.
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In each municipality, KVPS convenes a steering group of the local municipality, schools, NGOs, and families, which then develops a local action plan and agrees how to work together on key transition areas, such as education, employment, and housing.
Once the local action plan is agreed upon, the focus moves to individual and family goals. Young people and their families get workbooks and other person-centred planning tools to help them determine their wishes and goals. At the meetings, families receive peer support, input from KVPS, and information about access to local support from schools, local authority representatives, and other services. At the end of the process, there is a meeting to finalise the individual goals of young people and their families and to decide how local stakeholders will take this forward.
By the end of 2019, KVPS has supported 434 young people, and feedback shows that participants find the process meaningful and that afterwards they are more certain on what they want in the future. In addition, local support services learn new tools to work with families on future planning.
The project is funded by the Finnish Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organizations, and in-kind support comes from the municipalities that offer venues to support the project. There is no fee for young people and their families
Since 2013, 434 young people have been supported.
Between 2013 and 2019, KVPS has supported 757 family members
In 2019, KVPS has worked with 505 professionals across 35 municipalities
The practice has been scaled in 35 municipalities, and the core model and activities are scalable and can be adjusted to meet local and individual needs.
To support further replication, KVPS wants to train other professionals on the model and further formalise their processes.
Contact persons: Kirsi Konola and Petra Rantamäki Petra.Rantamaki@kvps.fi