Everyday problems and conflicts can occur in families. Child-raising assistance is a benefit according to the German Social Code to which parents have an individual legal right if the assistance is suitable and necessary for the young people.
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Forms of assistance
Social educational outpatient assistance
- Social group work is useful for developmental difficulties and problems of children and adolescents in dealing with other people. The skills, self-confidence and cooperative behaviour of young people are supported in groups supervised by social education workers.
- In the upbringing assistance programme, social education workers assist young people in everyday life and help them resolve conflicts, usually with the involvement of their families.
- Social educational family support is intended to strengthen parents’ child-raising responsibility and the family’s sense of togetherness. Social education workers work together with all family members to find solutions to everyday problems and conflicts.
- Intensive social educational individual care is assistance for individual adolescents and young adults with great difficulties. Most of these young people are not involved with their families or other protective social groups, and they elude the usual assistance programmes.
Therapeutic outpatient assistance
- Outpatient psychotherapy
- Outpatient family therapy
- Outpatient psychotherapy as part of the integration assistance for emotionally disabled children and young people
- Integrative learning therapy as part of the integration assistance for emotionally disabled children and young people
Partial inpatient assistance
Child-raising assistance in a day group is aimed at children and young people between 6 and 16 years of age whose personal and family situation is characterised by a special concentration of problems and who need intensive pedagogical-therapeutic support in addition to school support. The young people attend the day group from Monday to Friday and spend the weekends at home. Child-raising issues and the current life situation are discussed with the parents on a regular basis.
Homes and other forms of assisted living offer children and young people a place to live outside of their parents’ home for the short or long term. Here they are supported in their development with educational programmes, if necessary also with therapeutic programmes or additional programmes such as vocational preparation. Contact with the parents is maintained and supported, for example by keeping the parents involved in their child’s everyday life (school or training, visits to the doctor) as well as through discussions. The conditions for the return of the child to the parental home should be restored or improved. If this is the case, the return to the family will be prepared together.
Special placements are to be understood as those types of child-raising assistance that are only very little known to the public. This includes assistance with raising children abroad, the placement of mother and child in a corrections facility and placement in crisis facilities.