ENSEC is devoted to the development and promotion of evidence-based practice in relation to socio-emotional competence and resilience amongst school students in Europe.

Definition of Terms:

Evidence based practice= empirically grounded and theoretically sound intervention and prevention strategies; this will normally involve empirical research published in peer reviewed journals
Socio-emotional competence = knowledge, attitudes and skills relating to the intra and inter personal processes associated with prosocial behaviour, including problem solving skills, decision making skills, stress management, self reliance, anger regulation, collaborative skills and communication skills
Resilience= the development of socio-emotional competence amongst children and young persons who are vulnerable in one or more areas of their development
Europe= all the countries in the EU and all countries and states in continental Europe and associated islands. The main focus of the Network will be on Europe and what goes in European states. It will be in the interest of the Network however, to maintain an open dialogue with individuals and organisations outside of Europe


To serve as a repository for information and data about strategies for the promotion of socio-emotional competence and resilience in schools in Europe. Information on these matters will be disseminated through conferences and publications
To engage in collaborative original empirical research within a European dimension
To develop collaborative European wide award-bearing academic programmes in this area
To engage in dialogue with policy makers and practitioners in Europe and contribute to policies and practices in this area

Operational Principles:

ENSEC will be run on democratic principles and will strive towards the inclusion of the representative interests of all European states. This does not necessarily mean that representatives from all European states will form part of the Network, but existing ENSEC members will strive to represent the interests of the widest range of European states.
The activities of the Network will be organised around a series of specific projects that will be identified through a process of consultation amongst ENSEC members. The purpose of the Network will be to complete these projects in accordance with the aims and objectives as have been agreed democratically by the Network members
ENSEC is not intended to be self perpetuating but rather a structure to facilitate the achievement of specific goals
The Network will be chaired by two or more joint facilitators for a maximum period of 3 years. The role of the Joint Facilitators include the following:

  1. to coordinate the Network’s activities
  2. to ensure that the virtual and face to face meetings take place as planned
  3. to report decisions to members
  4. to disseminate information
  5. to monitor ENSEC’s activities according to the agreed objectives