aim is to promote child and youth care throughout the world.
- recognises the individuality
of children, young people and their parents, and does not seek
to force them to conform with pre-determined norms.
- supports the family as the
basic social structure for the upbringing of children.
- advocates the highest quality
of care and education for children and young people unable to
live at home.
- seeks to find individual
solutions to match the needs of each child or young person.
- encourages the ongoing development
of services for children through research and theoretical innovation.
- bases its work on the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- observes strict political
and religious neutrality.
- values diversity and rejects
all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex,
language, religion, political opinion or social origin.
In order to achieve
its aims, FICE-International :
- works through national organisations
whose members are engaged in providing services for children
and young people, or work in support services such as staff training
or the management of services.
- supports national member
organisations through the creation of networks of contacts.
- organises major international
Congresses, usually every two years.
- supports projects which involve
international contacts between children, young people and those
who care for them, such as the Balkan Friendship Camps.
- encourages international
exchanges of workers and/or children and young people.
- provides the Professional
Exchange Programme for experienced workers.
- organises international seminars,
expert workshops and working parties on issues concerned with
services for children and young people.
- consults with UNESCO, the
European Union, the Council of Europe, ECOSOC and other international
- provides information and
the opportunity for networking through its website.
- disseminates new ideas and
research findings through its publications.
The organisations which
are FICE's National Members
- bring together various professions
concerned with the welfare and education of children and young
people regardless of status and other interests.
- examine and analyse problems
and other issues concerning children and young people.
- develop new initiatives to
meet the needs of children and young people.
- educate the public and those
in positions of power and influence in the country about the
needs of children and young people.
- support individual and organisational
members, encouraging them to set high standards of practice.
- encourage the creation of
supportive networks of members.
- organise seminars, conferences,
educational trips and professional training.
- assist other FICE National
Members (and others) at times of crisis and natural disasters.
- publish books, journals,
magazines and other materials.
- are open to individuals and
/ or organisations (including agencies providing services, colleges
offering professional training. local authorities and other associations)
concerned about the welfare and social education of children
and young people to join.
- elect their officers through
Note : The National Members
of FICE are very varied and they are not all involved in all
the above activities.