FICE Europe Blog

Recent news about the members of FICE Europe Network

„Future-forum Residential Child Care“ (Zukunftsforum Heimerziehung)

From 2019-2021, FICE Germany (IGfH) has launched, moderated and organized “Future-forum Residential

Child Care” (Zukunftsforum Heimerziehung), a nation-wide platform to collect, discuss and evaluate past and current issues in the field of residential child and youth care in Germany. With a special emphasis and hearing of service users’, (children and youth as well as parents), professional social workers’ and other experts’ perspectives, the goal of the future-forum was to identify key issues and core needs for the structural and professional development of residential care in Germany.

The future of residential child care in Germany (and beyond) will have to be based on the following

coordinates “ rights - participation – acknowledgement/validation – sustainability”. A starting  point for professional action must be the question of how residential care realizes basic and social rights to participate in society - for and together with young people and their families.

Full project conclusion paper (German language only) :

FICE Croatia has started a campaign to collect donations for Residential Home Vrbina

The building of the Residential Home Vrbina Sisak was built in 1928, while the Residential Home Vrbina Sisak was founded in 1954, on March 26. Unfortunately, due to the terrible and devastating earthquake that struck Banovina (Central Croatia) on December 29, 2020., the building of the Children's Home Vrbina Sisak was severely damaged and unusable, as evidenced by the red mark on the building "unusable". 

What is the Deinstitutionalization reform in Ukraine?

Deinstitutionalization (DI) is a reform of the institutional child-care system aimed at creating an environment in which most children can be raised in families and the need for institutional care is kept to a minimum. The implementation of the reform began in 2017, and the reform strategy is designed in three stages until 2026.

FICE Bulgaria - project Inclusion Without Borders

Bulgaria continues to have the highest percentage of people at  risk of poverty and social exclusion among the EU members - 32.1% (Eurostat, 2020). A large portion of them are children and youth (32.8 % of the people under 16 and 35.6 % for people 16 to 24, Eurostat, 2020). The COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions have exacerbated this situation, especially in the age group 16 to 24.

FICE Croatia held CareDay 21

At the initiative of EPIC (Empowering children in care), CareDay 21 was held on February 19. Care Day is the world’s largest celebration of the rights of children and young people with care experience.

Updates from FICE Austria

FICE Austria held its General Assembly on January 19th 2021 and the Board under the leadership of the two presidents, Bettina Terp and Christian Posch, was re-elected and expanded. Currently, the Board undergoes an internal strategy and positioning process which is expected to be finalized in mid-2021.