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ESF 3.105: Promoting the Social Inclusion of Disabled Persons with Challenging Behaviour

Project Cost: €377,810
Beneficiary: Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b’ Diżabilita’
Line Ministry: Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Start Date: 2011
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project provided training for staff working with disabled persons who have challenging behaviour and for family members. After the end of the training, they trained other staff within their respective organisations. There was also a detailed study of the quality of life of disabled persons with challenging behaviour.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To contribute towards the integration, retention and progression of disadvantaged groups in the labour market, whilst addressing labour market distortions.
Priority Axis: PA3 Promoting and equal and inclusive labour market
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Innovative activities.
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Promoting an inclusive society.

Project Objectives

To train staff to support disabled persons with challenging behaviour and family members through individualised long-term plans and inclusion in mainstream services.

Project Results

1. A 50% increase of professional staff members receiving training, awarded certification at level 6, in dealing with disabled persons with challenging behaviour .;2. The training of 120 to 160 staff members by the trained professional staff within 18 months of receiving training;3. Preparation for a Policy regarding working with disabled people with challenging behaviour including a code of practice and provision of an ongoing training programme for staff and prospective staff, possibly through MCAST or any other educational institution. 4. In addition to the target of training staff, this project also targets the inclusion of disabled persons with challenging behaviour in the community. This includes supported or sheltered employment, lifelong education courses in the mainstream (such as local councils), attendance in day centres or the use of disability specific services. It is envisaged that 50% of the disabled persons involved in the project will be in one of these placements. The current baseline is 0. Results for Gozo:- the research study will also include Gozo in its remit and a particular section will be dedicated to Gozo;- around 5 staff members will be identified from organisations working in Gozo;- these staff members will work with around 8 disabled persons with challenging behaviour living in Gozo.