On June 22, 2017, the German Bundestag commissioned the Federal Government to set up an interdisciplinary and interministerial working group for a limited period. The working group should jointly propose measures to improve the situation of children with mentally and addicted parents.
The diverse strains of the affected children and their families often require several coordinated help and benefits, mostly from child and youth welfare and from the health system. So far, there has often been a lack of cross-case networking and interdisciplinary cooperation between the different systems.
The tasks of the working group
The working group should
- Identify interfaces between the Social Code books, in particular the Eighth Book Social Code (child and youth welfare), the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Twelfth Book Social Code, in order to keep an eye on the whole family and all existing help offers as effectively and comprehensively as possible to be able to exhaust. This also includes the identification of data protection obstacles.
- Identify conducive framework conditions and central requirements, but also obstacles at the state and local level for the establishment and continuation of regional cooperation between different actors and service providers, with the aim of establishing a functioning local aid system. The results of the project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health "Lighthouse offers for children and families with a mentally ill parent" should be included.
- Prepare proposals to create the conditions for improving cooperation and networking at the interfaces between the social security codes for complex, multi-professional help for families within the applicable jurisdiction and funding framework, taking particular account of the effects of recent social legislation.
- Develop suggestions for better cooperation between the local actors who offer help for children and families with a mentally ill parent.
- If necessary, identify gaps in the cooperation between the aid systems. B. Childcare, school, youth welfare, health care. It should also refer to existing offers. B. “Early help”.
Members of the working group and office
The working group is interdisciplinary and has an office:
- It includes 48 experts in child and youth welfare and health aid, who have been appointed by the participating federal ministries.
- Three ministries are represented in the working group: the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (lead), the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Federal Government’s drug commissioner.
- The AFET – Federal Association for Educational Aid is the office of the working group children of mentally and addicted parents.
The working method of the working group
The working group focuses on the needs of children and families with mentally ill and addicted parents. No distinction is made between the addicted and the mentally ill.
The working group will present the final report with the recommendations to the German Bundestag in the second half of 2019. The process is divided into two phases
1. Analyze the current situation:
The work group is based on three interdisciplinary expertise:
- Good practice: "Overview of offers, initiatives and support measures to improve the situation of children and adolescents from families with a mentally ill or addicted parent"
- State of research: "Analysis of the current state of research on care, intervention, treatment, cooperation and collaboration regarding the situation of children of mentally ill and addicted parents"
- Right: "Current analysis of help and care in families with children of mentally ill parents"
2. Develop suggestions for improvement:
Taking into account the interdisciplinary expertise, the working group will define target perspectives, on the basis of which it will develop recommendations for improving the situation of children with mentally ill and addicted parents.
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