‘CarePath’ project is a two-year initiative which aims to improve national and regional child protection systems in providing integrated aftercare support to children ageing out of care.

Project objective

The project strives to ensure that children ageing out of care have access to adequate trauma-informed aftercare support as part of the integrated child protection system. It improves the capacity of care professionals and aims to develop a sustainable mechanism that will enable public authorities and professionals to provide comprehensive
psycho-social support services to children leaving care, based on trauma-informed interventions.

Project activities focus on:

  • Identification of transferable leaving care mechanisms and trauma-informed interventions;
  • Training of professionals working with traumatised children, based on the views of care leavers and adolescents in alternative care;
  • Development of an open online course for professionals on leaving care and aftercare support provision;
  • Establishment of the CarePath integrated service provision mechanism for cases of traumatised children leaving care;
  • Organising a European conference on trauma-informed child protection systems


Target audience
The project targets public authorities, municipalities and bodies responsible for child protection in four European countries. It also involves professionals such as psychologists, psychotherapists, art therapists, social and healthcare workers, counsellors working with children ageing out of care, as well as vocational training