Radeče Correctional Home
The Correctional Home operates in a monastery building, which was owned by the order of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul until the Second World War, and the order became the owner again after the completed denationalisation proceedings in 2008.
The institute, named the Radeče Educational-Correctional Home (VPD), was founded in 1951. After adaptations, the first boys and girls were placed there in January 1952. In the school year 1952/53, a school was established within the framework of the Educational-Correctional Home. Pupils attended primary school and also an apprenticeship school where they studied for various professions – baker, locksmith, carpenter and others. During that period, the spatial capacity of the institute was 100 boys and 30 girls of up to 18 years of age. In 1968, when the institute came under the authority of the Republic Secretariat for Justice and General Administration, it was renamed the Radeče Correctional Home. In terms of content and implementation, the institute is nowadays comparable to similar institutions in the EU countries.
The common characteristics of minors who are placed in the Correctional Home on the basis of educational measures are emotional and behavioural problems and disorders. Their predominant common characteristics are failure in school or leaving school, as well as also family problems, a passive way of life, experimenting with drugs, and other less appropriate forms of behaviour.
The juvenile boys and girls are divided into four smaller groups run by their main teachers. Each group is accommodated in rooms with all elements of a housing unit, i.e. two to three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchenette, toilets and showers. The 'no drugs' unit and the open unit are designed similarly, but with more bedrooms, allowing for a more private stay. Treatment is carried out at three levels: basic treatment in a minors’ base group and upgraded treatment in the 'no drugs' unit and the open unit groups. After successfully completing the programme at the level of the base educational group, a minor is placed in the 'no drugs' unit group with the aim of consolidating the achieved changes, learning independence and responsibility and spending leisure time in a quality way. The programme in the 'no drugs' unit lasts for three months or two months for those who have had no experience with illicit substances and alcohol. When goals are successfully achieved, a minor moves to the third level, which means that they are placed in an open unit group, where the main emphasis is on maintaining the change, independence and responsibility, self-initiative and intensive involvement in the environment. There are benefits and opportunities linked to each level of treatment, which expand according to the principle of gradualness. Irrespective of the level of treatment, the necessary conditions are abstinence from psychoactive substances, strict adherence to the house rules and fulfilling a personal plan. In the event of a standstill in the realisation of a personal plan, or recurrence or violation, the minor is returned to a lower level.
Time for education, work training and educational work is structured daily and it is carried out in forms of individual work with individual experts, group work in the base educational group, other special groups and with specific treatments and in the form of community work. Practical lessons and work training are carried out in the workshops of the institute, and also preparation for exams for practical work in vocational education for metallurgy, carpentry, paintwork, construction, electrical and catering professions.
Spending leisure time in a quality manner is important for the comprehensive and high-quality implementation of the educational measure and successful social inclusion. Therefore, on the basis of the findings of experiential pedagogy, various leisure activities are organised in the fields of sports, creative workshops, literary-journalistic activities, cookery, natural science and other activities. A therapeutic workshop with artistic, painting, design and similar content is indispensable. The institute traditionally organises events that not only open up the institute into the environment, but the environment is also brought into the institution, while minors, accompanied by professional staff, also participate in various events in the local environment.