The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) presented its last round-up of the latest developments in child and family policy in EU member states with news from Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and United Kingdom. You can find it here.
The Platform also updated its ‘Social innovation repository’ showcasing those practices which do not have sufficient evidence of their effectiveness to be categorised as an evidence-based practice, but which focus on social innovation, and are novel. This month, they include projects from Finland and France.
The project ‘Integrating unaccompanied refugee children in Finland’ aims to socially include separated refugee children in Finnish society. Through the project, unaccompanied refugee children are provided with food, accommodation, healthcare, education, psychological and emotional interventions, trauma therapy and employment support (for those over 16 years of age) to facilitate their engagement and adjustment in Finnish society. The project supports unaccompanied refugee children until the age of 21.
The French project ‘Jeux d’enfants’ is an early childcare programme providing a range of activities with the aim to reduce inequalities at a young age. It is an adaptation of the Carolina Abecedarian project (Learning Games), developed in the United States in the 1970s, which was translated into French in 2004 in Quebec. Jeux d’enfants’ activities have a special focus on reading, writing and language skills, and they also stimulate the development of social, emotional, cognitive, creative, spatial and motor skills.
You can find these and more information in the last edition of the EPIC newsletter.