ICDP is based on the idea that human beings are by nature social, and that also means that we, as human beings, are particularly vulnerable in our social relationships because that is the domain of our suffering and our happiness. So when we are deprived of normal human contact, there is suffering and loss, as we can see in institutionalized children.

ICDP helps vulnerable children by helping their caregivers and families. It aims to enhance and enrich the quality of adult-child relationships, by developing in caregivers a positive conception of the child as a person and by facilitating relationships that support children’s development while preventing conditions that may lead to neglect and abuse.

For that purpose ICDP has developed a cost-effective sensitization programme designed for international use that is based on current research in child development.

The programme was founded by an international team led by the late Karsten Hundeide and Henning Rye, both professors at Oslo University. They began developing ICDP in 1985 and in 1992 it was evaluated and adopted as a mental health programme by the World Health Organization (WHO). From 2001 close cooperation was also established with UNICEF, particularly in Colombia, Guatemala and El Salvador. ICDP International is active in 26 countries around the world.

Please take a look at the latest ICDP Newsletter (June 2017)