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
Youth Assistance is support for young people up to 18 (or 21-23) and their parents or guardians.
Youth Assistance consists of things like:
- Guidance for disabled children and young people
- Parenting support within families
- Mental health care for children and young people
- Youth protection and rehabilitation
You can look for help in several ways. The Youth Social Team (Sociaal team Jeugd): answers requests for help from young people and/or their parents and provides short-term help and support. Where necessary, the Social Team provides access to second-line youth assistance. The municipality has made agreements with healthcare providers for this. You can also seek help through the Regelhulp website: a guide to care, support, youth assistance and financial arrangements in cases of sickness or disability.