Our focus


The ECLIPS project aims to raise awareness and build capacity within childcare professionals for the detection, referral and dealing with trauma symptoms. By developing in depth expertise, an important gap in multi-agency cooperation is covered by extending its scope in domestic violence to childcare professionals as important proxies of toddlers. We want to realize impact on three specific levels.

ECLIPS in a nutshell

We have one problem

Young children (0-3 years) are particulary vulnerable to the unpredictable chronic stress of domestic violence. Domestic violence in this age group can cause serious trauma symptoms which are often not recognized. 

However, young victims of domestic violence often slip through the care system as they are unable to understand or communicate their suffering verbally to caregivers such as childcare professionals. 

We have one goal

ECLIPS wants to raise awareness and build capacity within childcare professionals for screening and referring in cases of domestic violence and dealing with trauma symptoms of the young victims.

We have three major outputs

Screening and referring tool

Work Package 3

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Trauma-informed care protocol

Work Package 4



Training program with VR-tool

Work Package 3


All partners

Screening and referral tool

First, we want to develop a tool to systemetically screen for signs of exposure of domestic violence amongst children in daycare facilities. The tool can be used by childcare professionals and will offer assistance to adequately refer the family to the appropriate care.

Trauma-informed care protocol

Second, we want to enhance the response of professionals to exposure to domestic violence among these children. We will design and implement a trauma-informed care protocol. This protocol provices professionals with tools to respond to trauma symptoms adequately and enhances the resilience of the children. 

Training program with VR-tool

Third, we want to develop an evidence- and practice based training program with a virtual reality (VR) application. The VR-application is useful to simulate an environment where trainees can practice in screening, referral and providing trauma-informed care for children exposed to domestic violence.

STAGE 1: Inventory of good practices

STAGE 2: Development in living labs

STAGE 3: Training intervention

ECLIPS is split into three stages

Inventory of good practices

In stage 1 we will list good practices and weakness points on screening and referring tools and trauma-informed care. We will do this by searching the literature and by performing focus group discussions with different expexts and stakeholders. We also look into the needs and conditions for a blended learning training on these matters.

Co-creation in living labs

In stage 2 we will develop a new screening and referring tool and a trauma-informed care protocol. Each country will compile a team of childcare professionals and parents, who will create the tool and protocol together with the researchers in the so-called living labs.

Training intervention

In stage 3 we will implement the new developed tools and protocol into the practice of childcare facilities. A group of 120 chilcare professionals will be trained in the four partner countries.