The European report on preventing child maltreatment (2013) highlights that in Europe “18 million children suffer from sexual abuse, 44 million from physical abuse and 55 million from mental abuse.” Moreover, “ surveys from Europe and around the world have confirmed the extent of abuse in the community. They show a prevalence rate of 9.6% for sexual abuse (13.4% in girls and 5.7% in boys), 22.9% for physical and 29.1% for mental, with no real gender differences.” Few studies have been done on neglect, showing high prevalence − 16.3% for physical neglect and 18.4% for emotional (WHO, 2013). Although child maltreatment responses are a priority in most European countries, the responses are failing as the tide of child maltreatment in Europe is increasing, with calls for a greater focus on prevention.


By strengthening social capital and collective efficacy, Co-Happiness aims at better preventing cases of child abuse and maltreatment.



Overview Report on social capital and collective efficacy approaches to prevent child abuse and maltreatment.

National research has identified evidence on existing successful interventions to prevent child abuse and maltreatment through social capital and collective efficacy approaches.  Social capital and collective efficacy approaches are emerging and it is important to compile information about their efficiency. The overview report will be a containing brief national context information, identifying good practices on social capital and collective efficacy approaches per country for tailor-made training curricula, programme, Co-Happiness game as well as recommendations for policymakers. 

Training Curricula on community prevention and awareness on child abuse and maltreatment

The courses curricula are addressing practitioners and interested parties needs. The training curricula aim at empowering target groups from the community in order to prevent child maltreatment, which in turn will make communities more resilient and safer for children.

Programme to prevent child abuse and maltreatment

The partnership is creating a tool for professionals/ organisations to know what aspects they should have in mind when they are planning a child-centered intervention to prevent child-maltreatment and abuse, or they want to create a material about it, etc.

Co-Happiness Game to Child abuse and maltreatment Prevention & Awareness

The game targets children from 6 to 9 years and will be available in community organisations requiring practitioners to be trained in its use. The online component of the game aims to transfer knowledge by playing (conceptualize); classroom component is behaviourally-based, aiming to develop prevention skills and communication abilities.

Resource Guide to community and children prevention and awareness on child abuse and maltreatment

The resource guide is a tool for practitioners working in community or for other stakeholders intervening in children’s well being, supporting the usage of all developed resources: training for community actors, the training for game application and the game itself.


Funded by: Erasmus+

Duration: 09/2018-08/2021


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