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NeFF - A network for families - the dormagener model

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Children who get help from the youth welfare departments live under difficult conditions - often in poverty. The statistics show that 90 per cent of all children in Dormagen are receiving help, in particular for education.

The Dormagener model is part of a comprehensive Network for Families (NeFF) programme and focuses on ways to minimise the possibility of child abuse occurring in an infant’s home. In addition, the programme seeks to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to grow up in a safe, secure and healthy environment in Dormagen. The NeFF is part of an early warning system for the prevention of child abuse and neglect by introducing a family support system the family as early as possible. A key component of the model is a home visit by social workers prior to the birth of a child. At this visit, a new baby greeting package is delivered and an initial assessment of the home environment in made by social workers. In this way, parents get to know someone to whom they can direct any relevant questions. After the birth of the child, social workers from the Youth Welfare Office will visit the home to check on the wellbeing of the new born child, and ensure all is well.

The implementation of this project has triggered changes in child and youth welfare. One example is grouping youth-, flat- and school management into one organisation unit, which, since September 2005, is under the control of one department budget and an employee for the coordination of prevention of child poverty. Additionally, there has been a marked improvement in the cooperation of health centres, schools, kindergartens, paediatricians and gynaecologists and youth welfare with health projects like ‘ProKita’ and ‘Gewichtig’. Since February, 2008, midwives and doctors give guidance and information to all pregnant women, published by BZgA and the city of Dormagen. Furthermore, if children are not registered to the kindergarten on time, or if irregularities appear with the school registration, home visits are now obligatory, which creates a prevention chain in the life of the child. In addition, the primary schoolteachers visit the first graders and their families. A prevention network has been organised which focuses on improving health education and education in general, reintegrating disadvantaged families, and on training skilled workers to work in day-care centres and elementary schools.

Conclusively, the aim of the project is to maximise child welfare in Dormagen by protecting the children’s basic needs, providing early support for disadvantaged families, and a concrete prevention network.

Award info
Award category: partnership working
Award type: submission
Award year: 2009
Project type
Sector: Public health and social welfare/affairs
Type of activity: new services or new technologies
Keywords: Social welfare services, family network, youth social care
Short English description: The Dormagener model is part of a comprehensive Network for Families (NeFF) programme and focuses on ways to minimise the possibility of child abuse occurring in an infant’s home
Further information
Organisation: Stadt Dormagen, Department of Schools, Families and Senior Citizens
Other applicants: Kindergartens, schools, Caritas and other comparable institutions, medical centres, any social consulting, higher government organisations, youth welfare, including churches, sports clubs
Homepage: http://www.dormagen.de
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: 1-25
Number of people involved:
Country: Germany
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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NeFF - A network for families - the dormagener model (51.09314° N, 6.84055° E)
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