Do you want to to apply for youth care (jeugdhulp) for your child? For example, because your child needs extra care or support? You can apply for this at your municipality. You can also contact a youth team (jeugdteam) directly. A youth team supports young people and their families when they need help with growing up and parenting.
You can use a personal budget (persoonsgebonden budget – PGB) to pay for youth care. A PGB is an amount of money that can be used to purchase care or support for personal reasons.
Contact your municipality for youth care for your child. Your municipality provides advice on youth care and will determine the best kind of support for your child. It will do so together with you and your child. The municipality also ensures that your child has access to youth care.
Every municipality implements its youth support differently. Some municipalities have a neighbourhood team (wijkteam) in each neighbourhood, while others have a youth and family centre (Centrum jeugd en gezin).
You can also directly contact your neighbourhood team. A school, GP or sports club can also refer you. The municipality also has a list of youth teams and neighbourhood teams.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
NB. You can only apply for youth assistance if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
Would you like to apply for youth assistance for your child? The municipality offers help together with a Wijkwijzer or wijkteam. You can contact a Wijkwijzer for help and advice. You discuss together what care you need. For example, for problems growing up, a handicap or psychological complaints.
Healthcare providers with contract
You can use the care purchased by the municipality. For this you need a referral from, for example:
- The wijkteam
- The doctor
- A certified institution
- A medical specialist such as a paediatrician
You can contact a Wijkwijzer near you for more information. You can also call +31 53 481 79 00. Would you rather not identify yourself? Then go to Online Hulp on the SMD website (Dutch). You can ask your question anonymously here.
Apply for a personal budget
Do you think that the care offered by the municipality is not sufficient or suitable? Or do you need a different kind of care for your child? Then you can apply for a personal budget (pgb) (Dutch).
There are no costs for parents for youth care.