SCPE is a collaboration of registers of children with cerebral palsy which formed in 1998 and since then has undertaken successive programmes of work funded by the European Union (EU).
The work has brought together paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, epidemiologists and therapists from across Europe.
The aim of the SCPE network is to disseminate knowledge about cerebral palsy through epidemiological data, to develop best practice in monitoring trends in CP, and to raise standards of care for children with cerebral palsy.
Why have a register of children with cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy occurs in about two babies per 1000 live births. It is important to measure trends in prevalence over time and to understand better the causes of the cerebral palsy. Registers of all children born in a region with cerebral palsy can help with this. They can also help with planning services and allow parents of children with cerebral palsy to be told about research projects.