Early Childhood Interventions Programme in Austria
Since 2015, regional networks for early childhood interventions (so-called "Frühe-Hilfen-Netzwerke") have been widespread in Austria. Implementation is based on the Austrian model for early childhood interventions (so-called "Frühe Hilfen") developed by the Austrian National Public Health Institute (GÖG) on the basis of international findings and systematic analysis of practical experience.
The main objective of the Austrian model is to reach and support families in need (due to stressful living conditions or circumstances) during pregnancy or in the first three years of a child. “Frühe Hilfen” follows a multi-professional as well as multi-sectoral approach (investing in networking esp. with services from the health and social sector) to support families in raising healthy children. The programme is voluntary and ensures access of families through direct contact and through professionals, such as health and social workers, who can identify and refer them.
Some of the information and publications of the Austrian National Centre for Early Childhood Intervention are also available in English and can be downloaded here. Find also more comprehensive articles, summaries, short fact sheets, presentations and information for parents/families below.
Articles and Reports
The Austrian Early Childhood Intervention Programme: Support for families with young children in burdened life circumstances to improve relational health and well-being (A brief overview). In: Perspectives in Infant Mental Health (World Association for Infant Mental Health), 2021, Vol. 29(1), p.16-21.
Link to Article: Perspectives Archive - Perspectives (waimh.org)
Development and Implementation of "Frühe Hilfen", a national Programme of Early Childhood Interventions in Austria, Vienna (2019)
Sasto Chavoripe – Social incluion of Roma through Early Childhood Interventions, Vienna (2021)
Austrian National Centre for Early Childhood Intervention. Evaluation 2018 to 2021 of the Implementation of Frühe Hilfen in Austria, Vienna (2021)
How do Early Childhood Interventions work? The Early Childhood Interventions Impact Model, Vienna (2020)
Early Childhood Interventions and Child Protection. Supportive Materials, Vienna (2020)
Early Childhood Interventions – Raising Awareness in Resident Health Professions, Vienna (2019)
Figures, Data and Facts - FRÜDOK Annual Reports
Early Childhood Interventions. Figures, Data and Facts 2020. FRÜDOK Annual Report, Vienna (2021)
Early Childhood Interventions. Figures, Data and Facts 2019. FRÜDOK Annual Report, Vienna (2020)
Early Childhood Interventions. Figures, Data and Facts 2018. FRÜDOK Annual Report, Vienna (2019)
Early Childhood Interventions. Figures, Data and Facts about Supported Families 2017, Vienna (2018)
Quality Standard for Early Childhood Intervention
Quality Standard for Early Childhood Interventions. Version 2, Vienna (2021)
Quality Standard for Early Childhood Interventions, Vienna (2018)
Comments Procedure: Quality Standard for Early Childhood Interventions, Vienna (2018)
Eary Childhood Interventions: Austrian Standard Model and Guidelines
Guideline for Familiy Support, Vienna (2018)
Fact Sheets & Info Sheets
Presentations and Posters
Sasto Chavoripe – Roma and Early Childhood Interventions (European Public Health Conference, virtual Conference 2021)
Austrian Early Childhood Intervention programme "Frühe Hilfen" (EuroHealthNet Country Exchange Vienna 2019)
Linking social and health services for families in need: implementation of early childhood intervention networks in Austria (International Social Prescribing Network Conference London 2019)
Information for parents/families
When my Baby cries: How do I soothe my child? (Flyer)
Information on the Austrian Early Childhood Intervention Programme on WHO Europe Website: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/Life-stages/child-and-adolescent-health/news/news/2017/10/investment-in-health-equality-early-in-childhood-pays-off-in-austria