Presentations from the 33rd FICE World Congress

Together Towards a Better World for Children, Adolescents and Families: Presentations from the 33rd FICE World Congress and 2nd CYC World Conference

Emmanuel Grupper and James Freeman

In August of 2016 hundreds of individuals from around the globe gathered at the University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien in Vienna, Austria for the 33rd International World Congress of the International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE) and the 2nd Child and Youth Care (CYC) World Conference. The theme of the gathering was "Together Towards a Better World for Children, Adolescents and Families”. Throughout the week there were abundant presentations and panels on a variety of topics that interest those who care for and about young people. This special CYC-online is based on a sampling of materials that were presented at the gathering.

The development of the Child and Youth Care field is a critical and useful social approach that can transform the world to a better place for children, adolescents and families. Everyone who took part in the Vienna Congress had the opportunity to meet and be exposed to a great variety of remarkable projects, methods and innovative ideas that all contribute to this ambitious goal of creating a better world for children and young people. This month’s issue is one small way to extend that experience to the rest of the world.

We selected nine impressive initiatives from different places in the world to share in this special CYC online-issue. To highlight the diversity of geography and practice settings, we share this brief overview - a taste of what you can expect:

  1. A study funded by the European Union on child rights training across eight countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Romania
  2. An overview of challenges in residential care and voices from care leavers Portugal
  3. An example of a developmental approach to juvenile justice in the United States
  4. The theory and practice of Social Pedagogy in Scotland through the lens of a creative and engaging youth program
  5. A vision from Canada of what relational care can look like in the lives of young people with disabilities (and the shortcomings of behavioral approaches)
  6. A political and cultural view of community in Austria that adds new meaning to community building and the role of young people in their communities
  7. A creative methodology being used in Brazil to engage young people transitioning home from care - and increasing their hope for the future
  8. The power of the peer group in residential care from an example in Israel
  9. South African lessons on working with young people in education who have lost one or both parents.