Individual Care in state residential group homes for unaccompanied minor refugees
Pedagogical management: Derick Addy
AVP group homes 1, 2
Rosenbergstraße 2 Masurenallee 270
47259 Duisburg-Hüttenheim 47279 Duisburg-Wedau
The AVP- residential group home for minors offers a stationary assistance for unaccompanied refugees for the age of 16 and older. This offer is aligned to develop independency and maturity of the adolescents. They are being enabled to establish these goals through several care offerings and daily activities designed specifically to match their needs. These methods aim to become a guidance in regards to their future way of life and prepare the juveniles for upcoming forms of independency such as living alone. Furthermore the offer is designed to provide medium term help by means of specific integrational processes in order to accompany and patronize the minors.
Exclusion criteria for the residential group are an officially determined need for intensive care, which requires 24-hour supervision, an existing traumatisation, acute danger of self harm or to a third party, increased willingness to use violence, acute addiction problems or high nursing need.
The aims of the offer are:
Stabilization of personality
In the residential groups only skilled workers (social pedagogues, social workers, educators) work in a caring function. The team in the residential groups consists of 2 full-time specialists. If necessary, mother-tongue interpreters are called in.
Scope of care
The support of the target group takes place according to demand, group and individually specific. The full-time specialists will be in the residential group at peak times and will coordinate and support the central processes. In particular, this includes collective breakfast in the morning with a discussion of the daily routine of each individual and clarification of problems, joint preparation of food and the meal at noon as well as dinner where daily events are reflected and group activities planned. This is followed by individual discussions between the specialist and the young people. A night standby service is provided as required, but is generally not planned.
In addition to the leisure activities in the residential groups, the young people can use the public leisure facilities (youth centers), the leisure pools, the public library, the offers of the adult education centre as well as numerous fitness and sports offers and the offers of the local associations.