‘CarePath’ project is a two-year initiative which aims to improve national and regional child protection systems in providing integrated aftercare support to children ageing out of care.

Project objective

The project strives to ensure that children ageing out of care have access to adequate trauma-informed aftercare support as part of the integrated child protection system. It improves the capacity of care professionals and aims to develop a sustainable mechanism that will enable public authorities and professionals to provide comprehensive
psycho-social support services to children leaving care, based on trauma-informed interventions.

Our free online training course is available now!

Learners interested in deepening their knowledge on trauma-informed practices and interventions for children in care who suffered traumatic events can now access this new and exciting free course by following this link. The course is available in five European languages – English & Italian (from Jan 16), Greek (from Jan 23), French (from Jan 30) and Hungarian (from Feb 7). For more information, see here.

Policy Conference on Aftercare support for children leaving care, 30 April 2020, Brussels

Eurochild, as part of the CarePath project, is convening a conference in Brussels for stakeholders from the childcare and protection fields. The conference aims to exchange knowledge on lessons from across Europe on existing aftercare practices, identify gaps in national policy, legislation and service provision relating to psychosocial aftercare, and investigate how change can be driven at EU level. The conference takes place after this year’s Eurochild’s General Assembly & Members Day. You can register here. For more information, see here

A conference programme is available here

Project activities focus on:

  • Identification of transferable leaving care mechanisms and trauma-informed interventions;
  • Training of professionals working with traumatised children, based on the views of care leavers and adolescents in alternative care;
  • Development of an open online course for professionals on leaving care and aftercare support provision;
  • Establishment of the CarePath integrated service provision mechanism for cases of traumatised children leaving care;
  • Organising a European conference on trauma-informed child protection systems


Target audience
The project targets public authorities, municipalities and bodies responsible for child protection in four European countries. It also involves professionals such as psychologists, psychotherapists, art therapists, social and healthcare workers, counsellors working with children ageing out of care, as well as vocational training

For more information, do not hesitate to contact Ciaran O'Donnell