physical violence

Families First

Families First is intended for families with children aged between 0-18 years, in an acute crisis situation that is so bad that the family is at risk of one or more children being placed in care. In the event of an acute crisis, the balance between capacity and burden is disrupted, meaning that the family is subject to increasing levels of unmanageable tension and may ‘implode’ (see Bartelink et al., 2013). It may be that there is externalized problem behaviour on the part of the child, an ineffective parenting environment, inadequate parenting skills, physical abuse, pedagogical and affective neglect. This often takes place in combination with an impactful event (a death, a crime, etc.) Parents often may have their own, psychiatric problems and/ or socio-economic problems.


The objective of Families First is to resolve the current crisis and to increase the safety of the family, ultimately to prevent one or more children being placed in care. This is achieved via the following five sub-objectives: 1) A reduction in the children’s behavioural problems; 2) An increase in the competencies of family members; 3) A reduction in the parenting burden for the parents; 4) An improvement in the parenting skills of the parents and 5) Family members making more use of their social network. (more…)

Nonviolent resistance to support professional practices with foster families, families and schools

Target group: Professionals who work with foster families, although the approach is also applicable for professionals who work with families in general, schools and the broader society.

Objectives: The nonviolent resistance (NVR) approach has been adapted to help foster parents, parents, and teachers cope with violent, self-destructive and other forms of disruptive behaviour in children and adolescents. (more…)

Incredible Years Estonia

Target group: parents and children


  • Increasing parenting skills.
  • Improving parent-child relationship.
  • Promotion of child social competence, emotional regulation, positive attributions, academic readiness and problem solving.
  • Improved parent‐child interactions, building positive parent‐child relationships and attachment, improved parental functioning, less harsh and more nurturing parenting, and increased parental social support and problem solving.
  • Reduction or prevention of children´s behaviour problems.
  • Prevent and reduce children´s behavioural problems, antisocial and aggressive behaviour, the use of addictive substances, offenses, etc. [1]


Safecare & incredible years

Target group: Intervention with negligent families or in risk of neglect with children under 5 years old (Safecare).

Therapeutic groupal for families with children between 4 and 8 years old with behaviour problems, whose parents have significant hinders for their management.

Objectives: Safecare is a program based on evidence, in the educational character at home, targeted to families where there are one or more possible situations of lack of child protection. (more…)


Love, power and violence

Target group: professionals

“Save the Children” staff from different countries, counterpart professional organizations, Ministry of education, health professional, managers, Interior and Social Affairs schools, psychologists, social workers and educators of social personnel services, networks support police units for minors, directors of the Demunas (municipal child ombudsmen), journalists and media.


The main objective of these workshops are to sensitize the participants on the effects of physical and humiliating punishment on children; as well as the need of its eradication, promotion of an effective education and a discipline not violent to the boys and girls. (more…)

Baby and father

Grow happy in family

Target group: Families that have children between 0 to 5 years, that require a support in their education.

Objectives: 1. Strengthen the relationship and interaction with children. 2 promote the knowledge of children and the promotion of appropriate response. 3. Establishment of educational guidelines right and organization of daily life.4. Reflect on the perceptions and powers that have the parents on their educator role. 5 Promote protective factors and reduce risk. (more…)