Youth welfare organisations sound alarm

14th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – The waiting list for youth welfare has become much longer once again. On 1 April 1,600 children were waiting longer than nine weeks for help even though the waiting list had been worked away in January.

14 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – The waiting list for youth welfare has become much longer once again. On 1 April 1,600 children were waiting longer than nine weeks for help even though the waiting list had been worked away in January.

Employers in the youth welfare sector, united in the MOgroep organisation, have reported this.

"We are sounding the alarm now after four months because it has emerged that almost 700 children are waiting for outpatient care, 525 children are on the list for a place in a home, 170 youth need daily counselling, and 280 children are waiting for foster care," says MOgroep chairman Hans Nieukerke


The waiting list had been worked away thanks to a one-off financial boost of EUR 100 million from the government. The MOgroep wants those funds to be available every year. If that does not happen then the waiting list will grow to more than 5,000 children this year alone.

The increase in the number of children on the list is not due entirely to a lack of funds. An increasing number of children with complex problems are requiring longer treatment, the MOgroep says.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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