International Centre for Childhood and the Family

Centre international de l'enfance et de la famille (CIDEF)
Centro Internacional de la Infancia y de la Familia

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10 Nov 1949, Paris (France), as International Children's Centre (ICC) -- Centre international de l'enfance (CIE) -- Centro Internacional de la Infancia (CII), by French Ministerial Decree, following proposals initiated through United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Inaugural conference: 18 Jan 1950, Paris. Statutes modified: 28 Dec 1950; 16 Nov 1959; 19 Nov 1970; 13 Jan 1997. CIDEF was born, Jan 1997, by merger of International Children's Centre (ICC) and Institut de l'enfance et de la famille (IDEF). Also referred to as CIDEF, Enfance et famille. Ceased to exist.


Contribute to the achievement of the highest attainable standards of health and welfare among children and their families in France and around the world; provide an interface between researchers, decision-makers, professionals, associations and institutions; identify and analyse the legal, economic, cultural, educational and institutional dynamics having an impact on the wellbeing of children and families; update, enhance and disseminate knowledge and know-how needed by those involved in child and family protection; advise decision makers on implementation and assessment of programmes and activities in favour of children and families.

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Fields of expertise (4): 'Child and family health': operational mechanisms of prevention and care of women's, mothers and children's well-being; access to health care systems; child and family health education; financing and management of drugs and vaccines; adolescents health; communicable diseases; food patterns and nutrition of children and families; reproductive health; mental health. 'Child protection': children and families living in difficult social environment; child welfare; protection of children at risk; risk behaviours in adolescence; violence. 'Children's right': children's place in society; access to education. 'Family and society': monitoring family policies; assessment of family roles; family relationships; family times; childcare. Working methods: operational studies and consultancies; organization of platforms for exchange and debate; training programmes; participation in documentation networks; publication; communication and information activities. Maintains a library and documentation centre. Meetings of working parties and experts; training courses and seminars (mainly in French). Provides technical assistance, always integrated with local programmes.


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Relations with 11 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Infants
    • Family
  • Social Activity
    • Organization
    • Welfare
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Societal Problems
    • Protection
  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Education
    • Education

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



Last News Received

1. Jun 1999
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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