National Centre on Early Prevention in Germany

In the context of an action program initiated by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth on ‘Early Prevention and Intervention for Parents and Children and Social Warning Systems’, the Federal Centre for Health Education and the German Youth Institute jointly introduced an interdisciplinary ‘National Centre on Early Prevention’  in May 2007.

The Centre is intended to help improve the child protection system in Germany by better preventing neglect and violence against babies and toddlers through evidence based interventions and obligatory cooperations. It is aimed to support people involved in practical work in recognizing risks and burdens in families at an earlier stage more effectively and in providing appropriate support for families with a high-risk of child neglect and/or maltreatment. The joint responsibility for the project is thought to serve as an example for the use of interdisciplinary collaborations in the research area of ‘early prevention’.