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The European Family Support Network

The European Family Support Network (EuroFam-Net) is a bottom-up, evidence-based, multidisciplinary network funded as an action (CA18123) under the COST program. A COST Action is a science and technology network funded over a four-year duration. It is organized through a range of networking tools that support and ultimately achieve the action’s research coordination and capacity building objectives.

EuroFam-Net will create a pan-European family support network focused on family support policies and practices, reflecting common goals across participating countries, while recognizing the specific nature of families’ cultural and socio-economic contexts within them. The Action aims to inform family policies and practices towards the ultimate goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being. Eurofam-Net will do so by building collaborations between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society.

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EuroFamNet consists of


COUNTRIES

Building bridges within
Europe and beyond

WORKING GROUPS

Working together with
one group dedicated to
coordination and one
to dissemination


MEMBERS

Managing Committee
members and
substitutes
Working Groups

Working Groups

WG1: Co-ordinating group for the action

Working Group 1 (WG1) is the co-ordinating group for the action. It has specific responsibilities for:
    • Management / oversight of all work towards delivery.
    • Co-ordination of actions towards efficiency / effectiveness.
    • Network development during Action and towards sustainability.
    • Monitoring of participation in the network / action ensuring mutual training in perspectives, disciplines and methods.
The Chair and Vice-Chair of the action lead WG1; other members including leaders and co-leaders of the four other working groups, horizontal leaders, as well as other action participants. In order to achieve its management and coordination function, the group and its subgroups meet regularly by skype, and in face-to-face MC meetings.

WG2: Developing the European conceptual framework on family support

The aim is to review of studies and European reports on conceptualization and delivering of family support in Europe. It also includes a review of relevant Family Support policies and Conventions. This will result in a publication on conceptualizing and delivering Family Support in Europe. A Cross-national study of perceptions on delivering family support and associated structures will be conducted and reported on. A wide-ranging consultation with policy, practitioner and service user stakeholders on Family Support issues needs will take place.

WG3: Quality Standards and Evidence-based Programmes

  • WG3 aspires to provide directions for future developments on European and national levels, with regard to family support provision, research/evaluation and policy.
  • Through collaboration on tasks and discussions, WG3 members seek for (new) ways to strengthen the effects of programmes to support parents and families and enhance children’s wellbeing and development.
  • A comprehensive picture of the family support programmes and the extent to which the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) approach is established in policy and practice levels in European countries is being generated.
  • The ultimate purpose is to facilitate further development of EBP (in accordance with the emerging European Quality standards for family support), and stimulate supportive policies at European and national levels.

WG4: Developing a Standardisation Framework on Skills

  • "Skilful group" collect data, analyze and agree on the skills qualification for family support workforce - professionals from psychosocial, mental health, educational, medical and judicial area and allied paraprofessionals.
  • The main aim is to develop a common framework for standardization of skills, as the basis for the enhancement, harmonization and consistency of competencies of family support workforce across Europe.
  • Task is to identify and map the international agencies on skills qualification, and to carry out a review of existing studies on skills for workforce in family support.
  • Finally, we need to define the set of skills qualification required for a quality performance when attending families.

WG5: Dissemination of activities and results

This group works on how to best organise and encourage dissemination of activities and results of EuroFam.Net

WG5 plays a key role in ensuring the Eurofamnet has impact on policy, practice and the lives of children and parents. It works on how to best organise and encourage dissemination of activities and results of Eurofamnet. WG5 coordinates closely with each of the other WGs in publicising the Action and disseminating the results of its work.

WG5 has developed a dissemination strategy built on seven dissemination channels.
  • Research dissemination at conferences
  • Research publications and journals
  • Research advice to European and National policy makers and European and International Organisations
  • Research dissemination and knowledge exchange with professionals
  • Research dissemination and knowledge exchange with children’s, parents’ and families’ representatives
  • Research dissemination and knowledge exchange with the Non-Statutory Sector
  • Research dissemination and knowledge exchange with society at large
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ITC Grants & STSMs

ITC Grants

Inclusiveness target countries (ITC) grants are a COST tool which help PhD students and early-career investigators from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries attend international science and technology related conferences that are not organised by a COST Action.

Conferences for which the grant is provided can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the ITC Grants guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.


  • Application period I: 1-15th May, Evaluation 16-31st May (currently stopped due to Covid19 pandemic)
  • Application period II: 1-15th August, Evaluation 16-31st August
  • Application III: 1-15th November, Evaluation 16-30th November
  • Application period IV: 1-15th February, Evaluation 16-28th February

STSMs

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) are institutional visits that promote researchers to conduct research, learn new research techniques, use instruments or strategies which are not available in their own institution, develop research skills in another COST country by promoting existing and new networks, fostering collaboration and contributing to the scientific objectives of the Action.

STSMs can contribute to the specific related tasks of the working groups, particularly tasks related to WG 2, 3, and 4.

Potential applicants that are interested to submit an application should read the STSM guidelines for more details about eligibility, criteria for evaluation, financial support, criteria for reimbursement and how to apply.
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