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Youths in Supported Accommodation (in Malta)

Authors: Joanna Abela Cassar, Christopher Bonnici, Janice Fenech Scicluna ,
  • Institute: Institute of Community Services
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 1 , Session: 3 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Medium 15 min (Presentation of ongoing research developments and findings) , Start: 14:20 , End: 14:40

Abstract

The study aims to focus on how youths are holistically being prepared to start living in supported accommodation when they turn 18 years. Therefore, by meeting the main stakeholders, the study would easily pinpoint how could the youths be better prepared in the transitioning phase into independent living. This will be done by not looking only at the obvious things such as accommodation, but also whether their interests, mental health, support from family and friends are being taken into consideration. The study will also look at whether youths are being assisted by professionals when living in independent living, whether they feel well prepared to face life, among others. These questions will guide the researchers on how they could propose the professionals and the system to prepare the youths better for independent living while mitigating youths to end up unprepared and will be a burden on society’s social benefits. These conclusions would be essential in the drafting of the policy by the local standards authority.