Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives – Europe F I C E Internationale Gesellschaft für erzieherische Hilfen – Europa

International Federation of Educative Communities – Europe


We have received the following press release from FICE-Europe, which is part of FICE-International.


FICE-International is engaged in child and youth care work, alternative care, residential child care, out of home and family care, social and educative support settings; child protection and child’s rights. FICE is a large international forum and network, founded 1948 under the auspices of UNESCO. It is a non-governmental organisation maintaining consultative status with UNESCO, the Council of Europe, UNICEF and ECOSOC.


FICE-Europe ( was founded by member countries of the Council of Europe on 9 October 1997 in Erfurt (Germany) according to the French law, with the agreement and support of the Federal Council of FICE-International ( Its full name is: Fédération Internationale des Communautés Educatives – Europe (FICE Europe).


Aims of FICE-Europe

Defending, representing and promoting the Rights of the Child, as stated in the UN Convention and in the official documents of the Council of Europe, especially the rights of children in need of alternative care or special protection.

Developing, assuring and improving the quality of activities in the field of childcare, regarding especially the best interests of children who do not live within their family and are therefore in need of special support. (

Observing strict political and religious neutrality and rejecting all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual preference/orientation, religion, physical or mental disability, special needs, citizenship status.

Objectives of FICE-Europe

FICE-Europe aims to improve all forms of activities in the field of childcare through:


* Linking cultures together and exchanging experience through reflecting practice       and theory

• Organising European events for professional staff, study trips and pilot schemes

• Encouraging European exchanges of experts and of children and youth

• Researching specific problems in the field of childcare and publishing the results of these studies

• Designing new programmes and methods in the field of childcare and families in need of support

• Professional advice and support for the member organisations and institutions in childcare

• Influencing public opinion and political decision-makers on local, regional, national and European levels, in order to point out the importance and respective problems of childcare and of family-support

Specialised knowledge from all over Europe

FICE Europe is a European expert-organisation for children and young people in need of care. It consists of member organisations (sections), which are represented in almost all European countries belonging to the Council of Europe. Generally they include establishments such as residential homes and other institutions or services operating in the field of childcare, schools and workshops for disabled people, education and training centres for young people in need of support, training centres for professional staff. The member organisations also admit individual members from the social care field, higher education or research institutes.

Recent events

05-06.10.2009          National College Gh.Sincai in Bucharest, Romania

International Symposium on Social and Professional Integration of Disadvantaged Youth

15-17.10.2009 – University of Luxembourg. Expert Conference on Socio-pedagogical work under circumstances of deprivation / restriction of liberty: experiences and perspectives.

Upcoming events

Autumn 2011: Federal Council of FICE in Romania, 6-7 Oct

Autumn 2012: Federal Council and Seminar in Luxembourg,

Autumn 2013: World Congress in Bern (CH), 7-12 October 2013 on:

Inclusion : Young persons in special life situations in the contradictory contexts of Integration, Separation and Inclusion              and

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