Initiated in 1986, Fragile Childhood at A-clinic Foundation has persistently sought new and efficient methods to secure a less troubled life for children who suffer from the adverse effects of parental alcohol use. For children, and particularly, for young people, Fragile Childhood runs online service Shadow World.
Tools and information are produced for professionals who work with children and adolescents. Fragile Childhood reaches professionals from day care, school, secondary education, universities, health care, social work and so on.
Fragile Childhood is most famous for its campaigns on promoting responsible parenthood when it comes to consuming alcohol. A common misconception is that only serious problem drinking can harm a child. Fragile Childhood emphasizes the child’s point of view and prioritizes the child’s needs. What kind of home and family would a child choose is he/she could?
The Fragile Childhood personnel consists of three full time workers with educational and professional background in social policy, sociology and mental health. Fragile Childhood`s visible and well known campaigns (such as Monsters and The Orphanage) are designed in co-operation with media agencies. Campaigns have reached multi-million audience and they have received numerous media awards nationally and internationally.
As of 2016 Fragile Childhood obtained permanent funding from the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA) and can now trust in the longevity of the work. Fragile Childhood has also participated in various pan-European projects of the European Commission. The work of Fragile Childhood has served as an example for the activity of the trans-European ENCARE network which strived to help children living in risk environments. Nowadays we are active members The Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet), www.afinetwork.info.
The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö is the patron of Fragile Childhood.