“Opening Doors” reports that Austria has a well-established social welfare system but still faces some obstacles concerning deinstitutionalisation and child justice. The insufficiency of the existing quality standards of residential care and the limited financial resources for structures and aftercare support represent some of the challenges faced by child welfare professionals working in Austria.
“Opening Doors” also brings to attention the FAB (Fostering Across Borders) project conducted by the International Organization of Migration that worked and continues to work on training programmes for foster families looking after unaccompanied migrant children and for the concerned authorities and institutions. Besides that, they also work on awareness raising on the matter.
Concerning the European policy, Opening Doors claims for the need of a common asylum procedure for unaccompanied migrant children in the EU, and recommends that Austria should ensure national standards of quality concerning the child and youth social and welfare system and also increase children participation within the system.
The full list of latest Opening Doors fact sheets on deinstitutionalisation is available here.