Berlin - "Every child has the right to fair chance," said Federal Family Minister Kristina Schröder at the start of the federal initiative today in Berlin. The aim of the initiative of the federal and state governments is to promote the development of early aid to protect children from abuse and neglect in the states. According to estimates, around ten to 15 percent of children in Germany are affected by difficult family circumstances.
This will provide 177 million euros for the next three years. After that, permanent fund is to be set up for which the federal government provides 51 million euros year.
With the money On the one hand, the use of family midwives in stressed families is to be promoted, who take on the role of pilot from the family to the early help networks in the countries. In Berlin, for example, this includes the, the model project "" and the model project "". In addition, projects are to be funded in which volunteer helpers support families in coping with everyday life.
“The federal initiative ties in with the structures of each country. That is why I believe that it will be successful, ”said Christine Clauss, representative of the youth and family conference. The experiences of the federal states have been incorporated into the present funding concepts.
"In the meantime, around 1,500 family midwives are qualified nationwide," reported Martina Klenk, chairwoman of the German Midwives Association. And she believes that more midwives would qualify through the development and financing of the structures. "The money is also an additional help for securing the midwives' income," said the Federal Minister for Family Affairs.
In principle, it must be communicated more clearly that all women who give birth are entitled to midwifery help, stressed Klenk. If there is special need, family midwives would also be used. "We definitely want to communicate openly with the families," said Klenk.
The National Center for Early Help (NZFH) supports the federal initiative as competence center and coordination office of the federal government. Knowledge from the health care system and from child and youth welfare are combined: the NZFH is run by the Federal Center for Health Education and the German Youth Institute.