Pilot project in Norway

The Norwegian Government has been focusing on ways to prevent social and health related problems in children and families, which are seen to be on the increase.  In this context, the ICDP programme was included in the plans and strategies of the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

Bufdir has been developing and coordinating the expansion of the ICDP programme through their country network for many years now. In 2015, 272 facilitators and 5 new trainers completed their training, bringing the total number of trained facilitators to 3511.  Efforts are currently being made to improve the model of ICDP implementation in the country,  through better organization of the training of facilitators in local communities.

In 2016, Bufdir is continuing to focus on three pilot projects that were started in 2015:

 1.       ICDP in Crisis Centres for victims of domestic violence and abuse

The ICDP programme was adjusted for parents at Crisis Centres and 22 facilitators are delivering it in 6 such centres.  The expectation is to help parents in their relationship with their children, prevent violence  and help them to focus on their own children during difficult periods in their lives.  Bufdir is preparing a progress report which will be available in March 2016. 

2.       The Norwegian Government Action plan against Radicalization and Violent Extremism, June 2014

Under this plan the ICDP programme is used in relation to parents and caregivers, as a tool for prevention of radicalization and violent extremism in 9 communities. ICDP facilitators received extra  competence training for this purpose. 

3.       ICDP in Refugee Centres

As part of the government plan against violence in close relationships an ICDP project is taking place in 11 Centres for Refugees. A group of 22 facilitators are rolling out the ICDP programme, which was adjusted to the specific situation of these parents and their needs. The expectation is for parents to become aware of their children’s needs in this special situation, prevent violence and enhance their relationships with their children.