Evaluation of the Youth Act

Since the beginning of 2015 all Dutch municipalities are responsible for the whole continuum of care for children, young people and families in need of help. The transition relates to all types of services, including mental health provisions. The 355 municipalities now steer a wide range of services for children and families, ranging from universal and preventive services to the specialised (both voluntary and compulsory) care for children and young people between 0 – 18 years. This is a huge reform of all administrative and financial responsibilities towards the local level.

Omslag Children and youth support and care in the Netherlands

Children and youth support and care in the Netherlands

The Dutch child welfare and social support system is currently undergoing a huge reform. Since January 2015 all 393 municipalities are responsible for all youth welfare and youth care services. The new youth care system should be more efficient, coherent and cost-effective.

This factsheet describes the new Dutch youth care system and the reasons why these changes were necessary.

Omslag Top ten positive youth development

Top ten positive youth development

Awareness of factors that contribute to both the positive and negative development of young people is growing.

This report offers an overview of trends and theories on the factors that may contribute to young people's positive development. It outlines a top ten of protective factors that may serve as guidelines for the application of activities and interventions contributing to the positive development of youth.

Solid ground for early intervention

Current transitions from national and provincial services to local responsibilities require a transformation in views on and approaches toward child welfare in the Netherlands. In order to gain an outside perspective on these issues, the Netherlands Youth Institute organized a visit by child welfare experts from Finland, Denmark, Sweden and England.

This factsheet describes the main findings of the four experts and the child welfare systems in their home countries.

Learning from Nordic municipal social workers

Since 2015 Dutch municipalities are responsible for the whole range of care for children, young people and families. To support municipalities, the Netherlands Youth Institute examined the practice of municipal social work in four Nordic countries in which municipalities are already responsible for all child welfare services.

This factsheet is based on a Dutch brochure and report outlining our study on Nordic municipal social workers.

Generalist working with youth and families in The Netherlands

In January 2015 a new Youth Act came into effect in the Netherlands, whereby all Dutch municipalities are now responsible for the whole range of care for children, young people and families.

This factsheet explores - in 2013 - the road towards these changes and what it meant for professionals and local policy makers that were experimenting with new ways of working, for example in combined teams: professionals from various social work and public health disciplines working together to support children and families. The factsheet provides an insight into their aims and objectives and outlines the necessary competences of the professionals working in these teams.


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