Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

This section features practices which do not have sufficient evidence of their effectiveness to be categorised as an evidence-based practice, but which focus on social innovation, have a clearly set out Theory of Change, and are novel.

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

  1. Access to adequate resources
  2. Access to affordable quality services
  3. Children's right to participate

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  1. 1. Meitheal

    Ireland, 2015 - Still operating

    Meitheal (an old Irish term referring to neighbours coming together) is one of five workstreams of the ‘Prevention, Partnership and Family Support’ (PPFS) programme, which focuses on the importance of early intervention through the provision of supportive, co-ordinated and evidence-based services and interventions, and is administered by the Tusla Child and Family Agency in Ireland. Meitheal an early intervention and prevention practice that is used to achieve positive outcomes for children and families who have additional needs and require multi-agency intervention, but do not meet the threshold for an intervention by Tusla’s Child Protection and Welfare (CPW) service. It is the national practice model for early intervention that aims to provide coordinated, multi-agency interventions to children and their families. Meitheal includes strengths-based approaches to support children’s development and lead to the best outcomes for children. The ultimate goal of Meitheal is to identify the needs and strengths of children and their families in order to provide preventative support interventions that aim to eradicate potential risks related to children’s social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing. This support is provided by children and families service providers (e.g. workers in psychology, public health, social work, justice, education and welfare) and local voluntary and community children and families services (Family Support Centres and Agencies).


  2. 2. Home based Therapeutic Services (HBTS)

    Malta, 2015 - Still operating

    Home Based Therapeutic Services (HBTS) is an outreach service for families who experience issues related to violence, poverty, abuse, physical and mental illness as well as concerns related to child abuse and neglect. HBTS offers therapeutic and parenting support to ‘multi-stressed families,’ who often would not engage with office-based services. Key to HBTS is the ‘family preservation model’: therapeutic and parenting support aims to preserve families and address risks to children directly in order to prevent out-of-home placements.


  3. 3. AMBER Alert Europe

    Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, 2013 - Still operating

    AMBER Alert Europe (AAE) is an initiative that aims to achieve zero missing children in Europe by increasing the volume, adequacy, and geographical range of technological and human resources that are mobilised in searches for missing children. The initiative improves responses to AMBER alerts for missing children by 1) increasing cross-border awareness of missing children both in law enforcement officials and the public, 2) engaging the law enforcement organizations of multiple neighbouring states in searches for missing children, 3) enabling law enforcement organizations of different countries to coordinate their searches across borders, 4) training law enforcement officials to optimise their responses to alerts for missing children, and 5) providing assistance to countries that lack systematic approaches for recovering missing children in the development and implementation of their own AMBER Alert systems.


  4. 4. Combating Bullying: A whole school approach (ComBuS)

    Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, 2016 - 2017

    The ComBuS project aims to develop a whole-school approach that engages students, teachers, parents, school leaders and staff to combat bullying in schools. The ultimate objective of the project is to empower various groups of stakeholders to build healthy, safe and secure school communities using blended approaches through face-to-face, online and mobile tools and activities to eradicate bullying. The blended methodologies that have been designed and implemented for the project include experiential workshops, mobile applications, and networking sites, as well as online learning platforms.


  5. 5. Parenting for Lifelong Health - Programme for Young Children

    Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, 2018 - Still operating

    The Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) initiative is a suite of parenting interventions designed to promote positive parenting and prevent adverse childhood experiences in low- and middle-income countries. The PLH Programme for Young Children, also known as PLH Kids and PLH 2-9, targets parents of children between two and nine years old and has recently been adapted for use in the middle-income countries of Romania and North Macedonia. By improving parents’ and caregivers’ knowledge, competence, stress levels, mental health and parenting skills, PLH 2-9 aims to strengthen parent-child relationships, improve children’s home and family environments, and ultimately protect children from the long-term physical and psychological consequences of child abuse and neglect.


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