Partner Organizations

Kind en Gezin (Child and Family)-Belgium

The Flemish Child & Family Agency (Vlaams Agentschap Kind en Gezin) [BE], together with its partners, aims to create as many opportunities as possible for every child, regardless of where he or she was born or where and how he or she is growing up. Kind en Gezin (Child and Family) is an agency that works actively in the ‘Public Health, Welfare and Family’ policy area. This Flemish agency focuses on preventive treatment and guidance of young children geared to good outcomes in the future. We work hard to enable children in achieving their full developmental potential, physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, with respect for diversity and children’s rights. This principle holds true for all the different areas that we work in. Kind en Gezin’s formal responsibility can be summarized as three core tasks: (i) registration and reporting on high quality child care, (ii) optimal support for parents-to-be and parents with young children and (iii) formalizing the criteria that adoption agencies have to meet.

We closely monitor all changes in society as a matter of course. We meet with thousands of families on a daily basis and work with professional partners and actors in the field of preventive family care. Stringent data monitoring allows us to respond accurately, efficiently and proactively. We develop research based intervention and prevention methods, in both educational and medical fields. We continuously adapt our services in order to offer every parent and every child the best support possible. We also participate in national and international initiatives, campaigns and projects, with respect for every child and for the rights of the child.

Experience of actions similar to the project

The Agency is currently an active partner in the Leonardo da Vinci partnership project ‘CHAIN: ExCHAnge of Experiences and Methods of Early Intervention’ (project 2011-2013). Kind en Gezin is the promoter of the Leonardo da Vinci project proposal ‘PRISM: Partnership & PRofessionality In Situations of alleged child Maltreatment’ (call 2012).

Kind & Gezin [BE] works actively in Public Health, Welfare & Family policy area, focusing on preventive treatment & guidance of young children geared to good future outcomes


South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Faculty of Public Health and Sports-Bulgaria

The Department of Medical Social Sciences, South-West University “Neofit Rilski” has experience in education and training of professionals, research and expertise in policy development in children at risk, and cooperation with ministries and agencies responsible for Child Protection.

Experience of actions similar to the project

The Department of Medical-Social Sciences, SWU, Bulgaria has been a partner in 2 EU Projects, coordinated by the Institute of Child Health, Department of Mental Health & Social Welfare:

  • the Balkan Epidemiological Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (BECAN/FP7-HEALTH-2007-B, 223478) and
  • Raising a Child through Prison Bars/DAPHNE III [JLS/2008/DAP3/AG/1260].

Dpt. of Medical-Social Sciences, SWU [BG] has experience in training professionals, research & policy development for children at risk, cooperating with Ministries & Child Protection Agencies


University Ulm, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-Psychotherapy-Germany 

Founded in 1967, the University of Ulm enjoys an excellent reputation for innovative research, interdisciplinarity and successful training. Its 4 faculties (Engineering and Computer Science; Mathematics and Economics; Medicine; Natural Sciences) support some 8000 students. The university plays a central role of the Scientific City of Ulm, not only as the region’s largest educational facility, but also as an important motor for R&D. The research profile of the youngest university in the state of Baden-Württemberg is characterized by its focus on life sciences and medicine, information and communication technologies, nano- and biomaterials as well as financial services and their mathematical methodology. Other special sectors such as pharmaceutical biotechnology, technology- and process -management shall be implemented in the foreseeable future. The excellence of the University of Ulm results, to a great extent, from a high level of cooperation among the different disciplines. This is emphasized by numerous research awards and commissions for cooperation projects that include –among others- the fields of computer science, economics, engineering and mathematics as well as natural life sciences.

Experience of actions similar to the project

The Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychotherapy, University of Ulm has a research focus on prevention of CAN and mental health interventions for victims of CAN, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, and is involved in the advisory board of the Ministry of Family and Youth Affairs regarding CAN.

Dpt. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Ulm Univ. [DE] focuses research on prevention & mental health interventions for CAN victims, funded by the Ministry of Education & Research & is on the advisory board of the Ministry of Family & Youth Affairs


National Observatory for Children in danger (ONED)- France

The National Observatory for Children in danger (ONED) was created by a law passed on January 2nd, 2004 as part of the GIP Enfance en danger (GIPED), a public interest group created in July 1989 to monitor child protection services in France. The GIPED, the administrative superstructure that comprises ONED and SNATED (the national helpline for children in danger), receives 50% of its funding from the state and 50% from the 101 French départements (local authorities, the equivalent of counties). Three boards make up the GIPED’s governing council: the state, the départements and NGOs in the field of child protection.

The ONED has four main missions:

  • To develop and disseminate knowledge regarding child protection: statistical data and knowledge regarding the processes of child endangerment and child protection, as studied by research and surveys
  • To list, analyze and disseminate best practices in the field of child protection
  • To support the actors in the field of child protection
  • Each year, the ONED presents a report on child protection to the government and the Parliament

 Experience of actions similar to the project

The ONED is in charge of submitting a yearly report on child protection to the government and the Parliament; as such, it has a recurring experience of data collection at national level. As part of the GIPED, it has conducted a statistical analysis of the activity of the national helpline for children in danger (SNATED) and participates in a number of European networks, particularly Child Helpline International (CHI- CHI’s Violence against Children Report was officially launched in Paris in 2012, to which the GIPED has contributed), the European Social Network (ESN), the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and ChildONEurope (the GIPED has contributed to ChildONEurope’s  Guidelines on Data Collection and Monitoring Systems on Child Abuse, published in June 2009 in Florence). Marie-Paule Martin-Blachais is the current co-president of ChildONEurope.

The ONED has also set up a longitudinal observation of children in the child protection system (SOLED survey) in a selection of départements (Doubs, Finistère, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Rhône, Seine-et-Marne and Somme) so as to remedy the lack of information on these children in France before the 2007 Law reforming child protection.

ONED [FR] aims to develop knowldedge, analyse best practices & support stakeholders in the field of child protection


Istituto degli Innocenti-Italy 

The “Istituto degli Innocenti” in Florence was established during the first half of the fifteenth century; it was the first institution in the known world devoted exclusively to child care. Still today, the Institute works in the field of child protection and promotion of children’s rights. The Instituto degli Innocenti, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, is a public body that works independently under its Board of Direction appointed by the Tuscan Region, the Province and the Municipality of Florence. Today the Instituto degli Innocenti is a center of services and diversified activities: a home for the reception of minors, a home sheltering pregnant women and mothers with children; a number of day nurseries and supplementary educational services; a center engaged in the documentation, research, analysis and training on matters related to children, adolescents, and families. In the area of social services and child protection, the Institute works with local and regional authorities, as well as national institutions and NGOs. The Institute sees to the implementation of research, training, and documentation activities for all matters related to childhood, adolescence and family policies, with special attention towards the issue of the prevention of child abuse and child social inclusion. The major current cooperative efforts relate to: agreement with the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies for the management of the activities of the National Center of Documentation and Analysis on Childhood and Adolescence, in pursuance of Laws nos. 285/97 and 451/97; agreement with the Commission for Inter-country Adoptions, for the implementation of the activities as laid down in Law no. 476/98; outline agreement with I.R.C. – UNICEF, for cooperation in research, training and documentation activities related to children. The Institute also manages the secretariat of the European Network of National Observatories on Childhood, a technical-scientific body founded in 2003 in the framework of the Permanent Intergovernmental Group “L’Europe de l’Enfance”. Given its role, the Instituto degli Innocenti will contribute to content development of the project, organizing mobility from Italy to other countries to exchange experiences and transfer innovative models of intervention in the field of the protection of children from any form of victimization. The Instituto degli Innocenti receives funds from the Ministry of Work and Social Policies, the Department of Policies for Families, Tuscan Regions, and other public contractors. It also has its own funds deriving from research and training activities and from the activity related to the protection of children and young mothers.

The Institute has a President and General Director, as well as an Administrative Board whose members are appointed by the Region of Tuscan, Provincial Administration, Florence City Council. The Institute has a general direction which is directly responsible for the main services related to research, international cooperation, training, documentation and care. Two other under Directions are related to Educational activities and Juridical Affairs.

Experience of actions similar to the project

The Instituto degli Innocenti runs activities, researches and monitoring at local, regional and national levels. In the field of CAN Data, experiences are the following:

  • 1999: census survey on the children removed from home (Ministry of Welfare)
  • 2000: research on the prevalence cases of sexual abuse in a selected sample of specialized centers (Ministry of Welfare)
  • 2003 – 2004: coordination of the pilot project for the implementation of a national system of monitoring for child abuse and neglect (Ministry of Welfare)
  • 2005 – 2007: coordination of the first retrospective sample survey on child abuse and neglect in childhood (Ministry of Welfare)
  • From 2000 – ongoing: monitoring of the child abuse and neglect cases reported to the social services in Tuscany (Region of Tuscany)
  • Ongoing: participation in the national pilot project for the implementation of a national system of registry for all children reported to social services in Italy (Ministry of Welfare)
  • Ongoing: sample survey on children removed from home (Ministry of Welfare)

  IDI [IT] is a center of diversified activities: shelter for pregnant women, mothers & minors; engaged in research & training on children & families. It manages activities of the National Center of Documentation & Analysis on Childhood & Adolescence & the secretariat of the EU Network of National Observatories on Childhood


Babes-Bolyai University, Department of Sosial Work- Romania

The Department of Social Work in Cluj has a bachelor programme in Social Work with 550 students; the 22 employed teachers teach in Romanian and Hungarian languages. The department also offers 7 Masters Degrees (one of which is in the European Masters on Children’s rights) and contributes to the PhD program of the Sociology Doctoral School. Our department is involved in researching the issue of violence against children and women. Due to its involvement in research, the department was evaluated as being the best in Romania. The University’s major sources of finance are from the state budget, tuition fees and projects.

Experience of actions similar to the project

In the last five years our staff has coordinated or participated in the following projects:

  • Balkan Epidemiological Study on Child Abuse and Neglect (BECAN), 2009 – 2012, financed by the EC FP7 HEALTH
  • Risks and assets in internet use of children and adolescents, which also looked at the risks for children of sexual abuse via internet, 2007 – 2008, national project, financed by CNCSIS
  • The Social Diagnosis of School Performance Using the School Success Profile (SSP-RO) and the Design of Research Based Intervention Methods, 2007 – 2010, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, in the framework of the National Program of Research and Development (PNCDI II)
  • Evaluate Child Abuse and Neglect Services, national project financed by UNICEF
  • EuKinds Online II, international project, financed by the EU, Safer Internet Programme

 Social Work Dpt. BBU [RO] researches violence against children & women. Due to its invlovement in research, it was evaluated as the best in Romania