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MAPChiPP International Symposium in The Hague

What is the MAPChiPP International Symposium about?
Strengthening multi-disciplinary working and the participation of children, parents and other family members is at the core of improving child protection policy and practice across Europe and beyond. When professionals and institutions work collaboratively in the sensitive field of family life and share a focus on each child’s development the participation of children, parents and other family members increasingly gains in importance.

In an EU funded project partners and associate partners from eight EU member states brought together their expertise and experiences and developed a train-the-trainer program: Multi disciplinary Assessment and Participation of Children in Child Protection Procedures – MAPChiPP. The MAPChiPP International Symposium will describe the program and the promising evaluation of seminars held in eight European countries using the same materials. Participants in this symposium will gain free access to the training materials.

Date and time
Saturday, 30 September 2017, 13:30 to 17:30. Reception with lunch snack starting at 12:30.

Venue
The Hague Institute for Global Justice (Sophialaan 10, 2514 JR The Hague, Netherlands)

Speakers
Marianne Berger, Netherlands; Maria Herczog, Hungary; Helen Karu, Estonia; Thomas Meysen, Germany; Stephen Pizzey, United Kingdom

Discount on ISPCAN European Regional Conference Registration
We recommend participants of the MAPChiPP International Symposium to also attend the 15th ISPCAN European Regional Conference held in The Hague October 1-4, 2017. Attendees of the MAPChiPP International Symposium may receive a 20% discount on the conference registration. Please contact us at mapchipp@dijuf.de.

Registration
Registrations are welcome via email. Please write to mapchipp@dijuf.de.

Further information on the project
The EU project dealt with multi-professional collaboration in the risk assessment both in and outside of court proceedings. Professions involved include social work, paediatrics, child and youth psychiatry, forensic psychology, court system (judges, guardians at litem, lawyers) and criminal justice system (police, prosecutors). In child protection several professionals and institutions may have access to different pieces of information and it may happen that nobody has the full picture of the situation of a child at risk. Furthermore, collection and analysis of information is often impeded by misunderstandings rooted in different professional idioms and varying organisational backgrounds. Especially when there is uncertainty in the assessment process, information gaps and misunderstandings potentially result in inadequate conclusions and interventions. Thus, it can happen that a child does not get the necessary support in time.

The MAPChiPP team has developed multi-disciplinary seminars for professionals who are involved in child protection proceedings. Participants from the different stakeholder groups are jointly trained on how to collect and analyse information, how to identify problems and patterns, and how to question premature conclusions in child protection cases. Particular attention is given to the participation of children and parents during the entire assessment process. The program includes information and reflection on children’s rights, on cultural and ethical issues.

Built on existing material of Child and Family Training (United Kingdom) film clips have been adapted to the trainings and subtitled in ten languages. A Toolbox available online provides interested trainers and multipliers material for their specific context in their particular country.

Partners of MAPChiPP project
Child and Family Training (United Kingdom)
Estonian Union for Child Welfare (Estonia)
Family, Child, Youth Association (Hungary)
German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law (Germany) (project leader)
Netherlands Youth Institute (Netherlands)

Associate partners
Central Union for Child Welfare (Finland)
Hope and Homes for Children Romania (Romania)
Instituto de Apoio à Criança (Portugal)
Refocus on Practice (United Kingdom)