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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)



Evaluation of the Austrian Early Childhood Intervention Programme (2022)



Development and Implementation of "Frühe Hilfen", a national Programme of Early Childhood Interventions in Austria, Vienna (2019) 


Download-SymbolDRIVERS Case Study: Netzwerk Familie, Austria (2014)




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 


Download-SymbolGuideline for Group Services, Vienna (2019)



Guideline for Familiy Support, Vienna (2018)


Download-SymbolGuideline for Network Building, Vienna (2017)


Download-SymbolEary Childhood Interventions (Frühe Hilfen): Austrian Standard Model, Vienna (2017)



Fact Sheets & Info Sheets

Download-SymbolEarly childhood interventions („Frühe Hilfen") in Austria


Download-SymbolImpact and effectiveness of early childhood intervention: a cost-benefit analysis based on representative snapshot case studies

Download-Symbol„Keep going and don’t stop reminding them of yourself" -Networks for successful out-reach-work


Download-SymbolImplementation of regional Early Childhood Intervention Networks in Austria


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)


Download-SymbolData on the mental health of supported families from the documentation of early childhood interventions in Austria (ESCAP Vienna 2019)


Download-SymbolEarly childhood interventions–cooperation, networking and dialogue to support families in need (HPH Conference Warsaw 2019)


Download-SymbolSystemic approach for preventive early childhood interventions: learnings from Austria (Riga 2018)


Download-SymbolEvaluation of a risk screening project: Early childhood intervention networks (EPH Stockholm 2017)


Download-SymbolQuality assurance measures for the implementation of early childhood intervention networks in a federal state like Austria (EUSPR Vienna 2017)


Download-SymbolCan early childhood intervention networks support health equity? (EPH Vienna 2016)


Download-SymbolEarly Childhood Networks – Strategy and implementation in Austria (EPH Milano 2015)


Information for parents/families


When my Baby cries: How do I soothe my child? (Flyer)


Download-SymbolStrengthening the family together. Family support helps (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

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Datum: 01.10.2023