Child and Family Training are working in partnership with MAPChiPP, a European project, developing a modularised train the trainer programme for qualifying practitioners in child protection.
Experienced partners from Estonia, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom collaboratively conceptualise, elaborate and probe the trainings. These will additionally be tested in Finland, Portugal and Romania thanks the efforts of the project’s associate partners. MAPChiPP is supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union and has a run-time of two years.
The project addresses two essential factors for effective child protection. First, it aims at facilitating cooperation and communication among actors in child protection. Various services or institutions – such as youth welfare office, social workers, health professionals or family court – often come to differing appraisals regarding the questions whether children are endangered and if so how to counteract the danger. Thus, a multi-disciplinary collaboration of professionals in cases of child protection is considered to be very important. Second, the project seeks to enhance the participation and involvement of children in the assessment of endangerment as well as in help-planning. Involving children often faces problems in practice: Imminent danger, escalating conflicts between parents, missing skills and experience in communicating with children – especially burdened children – or uncertainty regarding the necessity of repeated enquiry may stand in professionals’ way in turning to children’s perceptions and wishes. As it is crucial for any change for the better in child protection that children are willing to make use of the help offered participating children is a sine qua non for intervening effectively in cases of child endangerment.