The Net For U Practitioners’ Toolkit is prepared by the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research on the basis of the national reports and material prepared and provided by the project partners in France, Italy, Germany, Greece, and the UK, available European and International literature, and the input of the experts that participated in the Net For U Experts Seminar held in London on May 28th-29th, 2013. The Diagrama Foundation provided the basis for the Case Study Report and Family Involvement Plan.
The Net For U Toolkit is designed to go hand in hand with the Net For U Practitioners’ Manual. The Toolkit offers practitioners some practical instruments and exercises intended to help them in assessing the needs and potential of unaccompanied minors in order to develop and implement life project that can effectively help the minor transition into an independent and stable adulthood. The Annexes that follow are not intended to be exhaustive, but represent a starting point for developing life projects and other interventions that make the most of family resources while operating in the best interests of the child. As mentioned in the Manual, the Annexes that follow also provide exercises and suggestions to support practitioners in re-assessing their own positions and views in order to further enhance their skills.
Divided into three parts, the Toolkit begins with exercises to address the myth-reality balance discussed in the Manual, both in regards to the minor and his or her family and the practitioner.
The second part is dedicated to the collection and use of information about the minor and his or her family. All of these instruments are intended to be used to guide the practitioner’s work with the minor and his or her family. Profiles and data should be reassessed on an as-needed basis when new information becomes available.
The third part of the Toolkit focuses on the practitioner, as an individual and as part of a team. This series of questions and considerations represents a starting point to increasing awareness within the individual practitioner and stimulating discussion and exchange between practitioners.
Practitioners are encouraged to rely on their existing knowledge and skills in implementing and using the Toolkit.