The conference is organized by the Federation of Child Protection Centers in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Families (BMFSFJ) and the Expert Group for Cooperation on Children at Risk (EGCC). It is a prelude to the German presidency of the EGCC, which is held by the BMFSFJ for one year starting from July 2011.

The birth of a child – a happy moment. Usually, a young parent’s wish come true. But at the same time, many things change. A child needs attention, nearness, and care. The family develops new structures which challenge everyone involved. If parents are not able to deal with this new situation, the well-being of infants and small children is at risk.

In Germany Early Childhood Interventions start with pregnancy and generally continue until the child is three years old. Their goal is to strengthen parental competences in order to prevent disruptions in the early parent-child relationship and to ensure the best development opportunities for infants and small children.

The congress welcomes internationally acknowledged speakers to introduce the essential fields of Early Childhood Intervention. The insights gained in Germany are going to be presented and will be connected with experiences and findings of other CBSS member countries. The following questions will be of major interest:

  • How to make contact with families with infants and small children?
  • How to evaluate risks of infants and small children?
  • What kind of support do troubled parents need?
  • What should support structures for troubled parents look like?
  • What do quality standards look like? How far is the development of quality standards?

The congress wants to enhance the professional exchange between international experts and practitioners working in the field of Early Childhood Intervention. Different concepts and strategies will be worked out in panels and workshops, which can help to qualify and develop early childhood intervention in each respective member country.

The target groups of the conference are decision makers, NGOs, health care employees, child and youth service providers, and researchers.

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