Pilot: Implementing harm reduction amongst unaccompanied minors in errance

It is important to implement this pilot because…

unaccompanied minors in errance are a particularly vulnerable population amongst migrant youths. Characterized by an important trans-European mobility and serious health issues, they often slip out of Children Welfare programs and happen embedded by delinquent networks, which combine to explain the very little knowledge disposable on this population out-competed by a negative media exposure and the lack of policies to protect them and ensure their rights.

The aim of this pilot action is…
to promote the empowerment of unaccompanied minors in errance through multi-modal workshops including music, video, photography and harm reduction. Those activities are meant to foster the participant’s self-expression and agency and will also help to identify and reflect on the needs of this target group concerning informal and non-formal education.

First testing of the pilot in


France

Second testing of the pilot in


Portugal

A group of Stakeholders have been gathered to frame the situation of this target group and the approach that needs to be taken regarding health issues. In this frame, we have set the stage for harm reduction resources that will be co-created in autumn with a group of children in Melilla. During this Co-Creation LAB, the resources will be tested and adjusted by the target group.

This Lab will lead to the pilot actions in Bilbao and Marseille, which will include a wider range of activities such as photography, video, rap and harm reduction training with and among peers.

This pilot will contribute to address some or all of the following objectives:

  • To foster unaccompanied minors in errance’s empowerment by enhancing their access to informal education and creating the capacity for their voice to be heard among all stakeholders.
  • To foster feelings of trust and value among the youth through self-expression in artistic practices.
  • To improve self and care means raising health awareness with a harm reduction approach.
  • To design and disseminate harm reduction resources suited to unaccompanied minors in errant mobility.