The Netherlands Youth Institute has been granted a two-year project (2011 – 2012) within the framework of the Daphne III programme of the European Commission: preventing and combating violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk. The Netherlands Youth Institute has been granted this project in co-operation with four partner country organisations in Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden.

Prevent and Combat Child Abuse, Daphne programme - 2010-2012

Beneficiary organization: Verwey-Jonker Institute-The Netherlands, Deutsche Jugendinstitut-Germany, Orebro Regional Development Council – Sweden, Family Child Youth Association – Hungary, CESIS, centre for studies on social interventions – Portugal.

The project will run for two years. The first phase of the project will be focused at describing the policy and practice concerning the prevention of child abuse at different policy levels in the participating countries. This will lead to an overview and a report on the situation in these countries. The second phase will be research into the experiences of parents (and children) with the programmes and policies preventing child abuse. The third phase of the project will be concentrating on identifying the effective elements of preventing child abuse based on the experiences in the participating countries and the outcomes of the evaluation with parents and children. The result of the project will be a manual on what works in preventing and combating child abuse, looking at the whole scope from prevention to treatment. In the final phase the focus will be on the dissemination of all these results in the partner countries.

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