Rote Nasen, Austria

Objectives and activities

The federation aims to develop common standards on competence and good practice within healthcare clowning. The federation will organise workshops and conferences on different themes that support hospital clowning and helps to explore and develop. By using subscription fees and raised funds we can support common activities and research that benefit all members. We also intend to raise awareness of the Federation’s existence and its aims and objectives.

The objectives of the federation are to:

  • obtain recognition for the profession of healthcare clowning, both in the healthcare community and with the general public throughout Europe;
  • obtain recognition for the member organizations, both in the healthcare community and with the general public throughout Europe;
  • offer a resource center for administrative and legal assistance and documentation for member organizations;
  • develop an exchange policy among member organizations;
  • research, identify and catalogue healthcare clown organizations working across Europe;
  • promote the best practice as defined by the charter of EFHCO among healthcare clown organizations to establish a quality label;
  • establish and promote the existence of the Federation; the work it does and the beliefs by which it operates;
  • commission, collate and disseminate research on the work of healthcare clown organizations.