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 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.
You can find more comprehensive articles, short fact sheets, presentations and a flyer with information for parents/families.
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: 2021_1_Perspectives_IMH_7_4_2021.pdf (waimh.org)
Development and Implementation of "Frühe Hilfen", a national Programme of Early Childhood Interventions in Austria, Vienna (2019)
Early Childhood Interventions – Raising Awareness in Resident Health Professions, Vienna (2019)
Comments Procedure: Quality Standard for Early Childhood Interventions, Vienna (2018)
Quality Standard for Early Childhood Interventions, Vienna (2018)
Early Childhood Interventions. Figures, Data and Facts about Supported Families, Vienna (2018)
Fact Sheets & Info Sheets
Flyer for parents/families
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