FICE:  FICE-International was founded in 1948 under the patronage of UNESCO in Trogen (Switzerland). It maintains contacts with UNESCO, UNICEF, Council of Europe and ECOSOC. It is also a member of the UN-NGO-Group on the Rights of the Child and member of ENSACT. FICE-International contains more than 30 countries – FICE sections – from Europe, Africa, Amerika.

FICE-International's vision is to create networks across continents worldwide to support actions and all those working with at-risk children, children with special needs and children and young people in out-of-home care. All activities aim to respect the personality, interests and needs of the child or the young person.

FICE AUSTRIA, founded 1968 as national section of FICE International, bases its work on the Convention on the Rights of the Child and promotes development and quality assurance in alternative care for children and young people.


CYC NET: The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) is a registered non-profit and public benefit organisation based in South Africa, running in terms of its own Constitution. Its main objectives are (primarily through the internet and electronic media) to promote and facilitate reading, learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families in difficulty.


FH Campus Vienna is one of the biggest Universities of Applied Science in Austria and offers more than 50 courses of study for bachelor and master degrees. The department of social studies establishes a well-grounded academic education for social workers and social pedagogues among others.

The close cooperation with FICE Austria forms a mutually fructifying basis for enhancements of social pedagogy in Austria.


CELCIS strives to improve the experiences and life chances of children and young people who have experience of alternative care. We work alongside the professionals who touch their lives, and the wider systems responsible for their care.

We promote learning and reflection with strategic leaders, managers and practitioners. We deliver professional development services, consultancy and service improvement, and policy and evidence implementation using a range of methodologies.


The Institute for Children and Youth Services (Institut für Kinder- und Jugendhilfe, IKJ) was founded in 1995 as an extra-university practice research institute. Based between the poles of practice, science and policy the institute performs a double function: knowledge transfer into practice and policy on the one hand, feedback from practical experience into the research process on the other hand. The fields of activity comprise research, quality development, IT solutions, advisory services and training.

Since 2001, the Institute for Children and Youth Services in Mainz and the Center for Applied Effectiveness Research are headed by Prof Dr Michael Macsenaere, psychologist, born in 1959, currently teaching at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Department of Social Sciences, Media and Sport), at the University of Cologne (Faculty of Human Sciences) and at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (social management).

In approximately 100 projects and evaluations, most of them multi-annual, the institute has been cooperating with more than 1000 institutions of child and youth welfare services. Within the last 10 years the number of international projects has been increasing.