Multi-diciplinary Assessment and Participation of Children in Child Protection Proceedings: training program with modules and tool box, international network.

The partnership and the core project team:

Deutsches Institut für Jugendhilfe und Familienrecht e. V. (DIJuF) (Germany)

Instituto de Apoio à Criança (Portugal)

Netherlands Youth Institute (Netherlands)

 Child and Family Training (United Kingdom)

Family, Child, Youth Association (Hungary)

Hope and Homes for Children (Romania)

Estonian Union for Child Welfare (Estonia)

Central Union for Child Welfare (Finland)

Priority reference: Capacity-building for legal and other practitioners such as social and health workers, and the police


  • Promotion and capacity building on multi-disciplinary assessment of risk, needs and resources, planning of support services and treatment
  • Capacity building on participation of children and families, reflection of ethical issues in assessment and intervention
  • Enhancing cultural sensitivity in interventions in families in vulnerable situations (e.g. ethnic minorities, disability)
  • Development of train the trainer program with modules and online tool box, applicable to implementation in all MS
  • Establishment of EU-wide interdisciplinary network of trainers/policy makers

Expected results:

  • Enhancement of capacity in participatory multi-disciplinary assessment of risk, needs and resources in child protection proceedings
  • Initiation of policy and structural changes in consortium/AP States
  • Raising of awareness/interest in training on participative multi-agency assessment and intervention in MS
  • Transnational exchange of expertise

Succeeding assessment and protection of children can only be achieved in cooperation. Clarification of roles, functions, attitudes, languages/understandings, and constantly reflecting the different perspectives and interests of involved stakeholders is required to achieve a comprehensive cooperation strategy in a shared and mutual responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of children.

Professional cooperation faces the task of integrating cooperation with children and families. Embedded in professional challenges of getting access to the situation of the child, assessing his/her needs and risks, and the partial loss of autonomy in interdisciplinary settings, participation of children in administrative and judicial proceedings is a most delicate task. As are the establishment of working relationships with parents/carers, implementation of support services in the family or decision making for out-of-home placements with or without consent. Limited resources increase the difficulties to achieve direct and/or exclusive contact to the child. Fear of burdening children through questioning them, against or with consent of their parents/carers, often is an indicator for professional uncertainty and need for training.

Core of the project is to promote and facilitate the establishment of multi-agency approaches in child protection. Training is provided in an interdisciplinary setting and intends to enhance multidisciplinary capacity in a developing EU of integrated child protection systems.The project focusses on practitioners involved in the protection of children, including social workers, psychologists, health care, education, law enforcement, police, legal professionals. Active participation of children and family members not only needs expertise but also coordination between stakeholders/systems.

Following the assessment of the issues to be tackled in the project in national and international contexts, conducting research and working with the practical implications to improve interdisciplinary cooperation. It is an opportunity to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice.

The outcomes of the project focus on trainers and policy makers. Trainers will be equipped with knowledge about how to train practitioners. Besides, in all MS policy makers and trainers will be identified and invited to a European network and an EU-wide seminar. With the support of a subcontractor(s) a tool box of interactive training/e-learning materials will be made available online (e.g. films, animations, key messages, webinars, polls, quizzes).

Trainers and policy makers are multipliers in their field of expertise and country. Their impact on policy secures that their knowledge is spread in the eight participating memberstates of the project.

Kiira Gornischeff                                     Helen Saarnik

project manager                                      project assistent

(parental leave)