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Practice user registry

This section allows visitors to register child focused practices that they are developing or implementing in order to share knowledge with other users. These practices are posted here to promote information sharing and to support learning across the EU community of  policymakers and providers. A practice entered in this section will automatically be reviewed for inclusion in the Evidence-Based Practice section if the ‘evaluation references’ section below is completed. Additionally, we encourage users to notify us when a new evaluation is completed for a practice that is already listed in this user registry by sending an email to EMPL-EPIC@ec.europa.eu.

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The practices can be also searched along the three policy pillars of the Recommendation for Investing in Children:

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1. Operation Encompass
United Kingdom, 2011 - still operating

Operation Encompass is an alerting system that informs schools whether a child has been involved or witnessed a domestic abuse incident. A ‘Key Adult’ at the school is provided with this information by 9.00am the next school day in order to allow for the provision of immediate early intervention through ‘overt' or 'silent support’, depending upon the needs and wishes of the child. Read more...


2. Early Childhood Care and Education Programme
Ireland, 2008  - 2015

The service worked with children attending ten early years’ services and three primary schools and was delivered by two dedicated speech and language therapists.

The Childhood Development Initiative's (CDI) Early Years programme was a two-year service which provided a flexible and broad-based curriculum operating within the principles of HighScope for 4 hours 15 minutes per day, five days a week. Minimum practitioner qualifications were required, the practitioner-child ratio was 1:5, and practitioners were provided with time for non-contact planning and to visit children’s parents in their homes. Read more...


3. Healthy Schools Programme
Ireland, 2008  - 2014

The focus of the Healthy Schools Programme (HSP) is on addressing processes (policy, procedures, and practice) that will facilitate change, leading to a more health promoting school environment.

This work is conducted with the support of a school-based Healthy Schools Coordinator (HSC). The role of the HSC is to guide the programme by supporting schools to develop their capacity to address areas of health in accordance with each school’s uniquely identified needs and priorities. Read more...


4. Fairstart
Bulgaria, Germany, Estonia, Poland, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Romania, Denmark, Indonesia, Belarus, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Greenland, 2006 - still operating

Fairstart Foundation provides online instructor courses educating people to train caregivers working in foster and group care systems. Their ambition is to improve the professional competencies of caregivers globally and thereby support development of vulnerable children.  Read more...


5. STOP4-7
Netherlands, Belgium, 2000 - still operating

STOP4-7 is an early intervention for children (aged 4 to 7) with (serious) behavioral problems. The programme consists of three group training interventions: for the children (10 whole day sessions), the parents (10 2-hour sessions) and the teachers (4 3-hour sessions) involved. Besides these training sessions,  homevisits and schoolvisits are also part of the programme.  The first phase consists of training sessions (three months): learning of skills and enhancing parents and teachers. Some home and school visits help to individualize the learning process. The second phase (home and school visits; three months) is aimed at strenghtening the changes accomplished in the first phase. To help children grow up in a prosocial way it is necessary to include parents and teachers to help them, by changing their living and learning environment. Read more...