Protecting children and making them strong against violence: what can daycare centers contribute??

The trigger is often an uneasy feeling. A teacher observes a strange situation at the daycare center or notices that a child is behaving differently than usual. Now it is up to the team of the daycare center to decide whether it is necessary to go to the kindergarten Protection How should the child become active and if so, how?.

In the day care centers of Diakoneo this procedure is Child protection concept regulated. This standard consists of several building blocks and provides a roadmap for how the best possible protection of the child’s well-being can be achieved in the interaction between daycare centers, families and authorities.

  • Like children can become the target of violence?
  • What are the signs?
  • On what educators have to pay attention to?
  • What Institutions can do to protect and empower children?

Maria Mohr talked about these questions with two experienced daycare center managers from Diakoneo: Susanne Traumuller-Fischler runs the daycare center "Villa Regenbogen" in Eckersmuhlen in the district of Roth. Katrin Frohlich is the director of the day care center "Stadtspatzen" in Nuremberg-Schweinau.

Diakoneo's child protection concept

Case study: What is the procedure in the case of suspected child neglect??

Simone was five years old when the team at the "Villa Regenbogen" daycare center in Roth-Eckersmuhlen decided that something had to happen now. In Simone’s case, whose name is of course different in real life, the staff had already been aware for some time of a Neglect noticed: an unpleasant smell, unusual for children of this age, and unwashed clothes. The girl’s home also made a neglected impression. Susanne Traumuller-Fischler noticed this when she brought Simone a Christmas present. An exception, because: "Actually, we don’t make house calls."

To round off the picture, Simone showed an increasingly aggressive behavior. From these puzzle pieces, an overall picture is put together, which was the reason for the daycare team to observe the child more closely. "We don’t immediately report it to the Youth Welfare Office," reports Susanne Traumuller-Fischler. "The first step is always to take a closer look."

Simone’s behavior became more and more conspicuous. Age-atypical expressions, Kicking, hitting, scratching, biting – it was all there. The first step had already been taken: not only the educators in Simone’s group, but the entire team observed her more closely. "We also have Remedial educators in the house, who can observe the child."

How to protect children in case of abuse?

Children often show conspicuous behavior when something is wrong in their lives.

A questionnaire helps with the decision

If, as in Simone’s case, the daycare team concludes Child welfare endangerment in the room, it can point to a Questionnaire fall back. This checks various criteria that can confirm the suspicion that there is a risk of danger. The next step is to contact the "insofar experienced specialist" or even Child Protection Specialist at the youth welfare office. "This professional has a much more neutral view of the child from the outside because he or she is not as emotionally close," the daycare director knows.

The child protection specialist advises the daycare team whether a official message at the youth welfare office is advisable or not. If a report is to be made, there are three next steps:

1. Kita informs the Parents, That a report to the Youth Welfare Office is in the offing.
2. The Youth Welfare Office is informed.
3. At Diakoneo Susanne Traumuller-Fischler’s supervisor is informed: Petra Hinkl is the managing director of the area of services for children.

Of course, the daycare center first tries to come to terms with Parents get into the conversation. "In Simone’s case, we wanted to convince the mother to contact the youth welfare office herself to get support with parenting. Because if we have a Message to the Youth Welfare Office, of course the door to the parents is also closed very quickly."This goes so far that the children are completely signed out of the facility.

With Simone the mother has it despite many Support services failed to organize help for themselves and their daughter. Susanne Traumuller-Fischler then officially reported to the Youth Welfare Office a suspicion of child welfare endangerment. Which measures are then introduced, the Kita does not find out officially from the youth welfare department any more. In Simone’s case, it took a long time, but after some time, the daycare team made a Change of their behavior. She was less aggressive and less conspicuous.

A roadmap regulates the procedure of the daycare center in case of child endangerment

The child protection specialist described in the case study Roadmap for the procedure in case of suspected child endangerment is exactly defined in the Diakoneo Kitas. basis is that Child protection concept. This consists of several components: In addition to the aforementioned questionnaire, it also includes a Declaration of voluntary commitment, the new employees sign. In it, they commit themselves to protect children from any kind of violence and to pay close attention to signs of neglect and abandonment.

"It is our task to ensure the protection of children in the Diakoneo daycare centers also conceptual to anchor." says Petra Hinkl, the managing director of the Services for children. "That’s why working on the child protection concept is very important for us."

Saying no in the daycare center

"No means no": In the "Villa Regenbogen" daycare center children learn how to say clearly where the line is. © Diakoneo/ Villa Rainbow

"We have to keep a close eye on many children and their families."

Susanne Traumuller-Fischler manages a daycare center in the rural area. Simone is an exceptional case for them. Picture is somewhat different with "Stadtspatzen", a big city daycare center in Nuremberg-Schweinau. Children from more than 25 nations come to the "Stadtspatzen. In addition to Simone, there are Esha from India, Yasemin from Turkey and Mikhail from Russia. They also have other names in reality. And Katrin Frohlich and her team often have to take a very close look at them, too.

"In our case, dealing with Child protection cases the daily work routine," says Katrin Frohlich. She leads the "Stadtspatzen. These are not always cases in which the Youth Welfare Office has to be called in. "But we have a lot of cases where we see the children exactly in the View must retain, talk a lot with the parents and possibly also involve other family support agencies."

Mikhail for example. "We know parents have problems with the Education. She has problems being consistent and following through with things." Mikhail’s behavior therefore attracts attention at the daycare center. "Here we consider what we can do. What do parents need? Where can we protect the child Support?"

There are many children like Michail at the "Stadtspatzen". Many families need support in raising their children. Also Katrin Frohlich and her team weigh first fromIs it enough if we talk to the parents first?? If the child is a case for the youth welfare office. They also use the questionnaire on the risk to the child’s well-being.

Many children at the "Stadtspatzen" come from so-called precarious living situations. They live, for example, in refugee shelters with five people on ten square meter living space. "With our children, it is often already child protection when the children come to the facility and here a stable environment be allowed to experience." says Katrin Frohlich.

What can daycare centers do to support children and their families?

"We try to help families Suggestions to give when their children can’t come to the daycare center," Katrin Frohlich reports. For example, the daycare center sent craft suggestions and materials for this or Movement instructions to the children’s homes. "And we try to stay in contact with the parents. We call the parents regularly and ask if they have problems, if we can help."

Do the parents use these offers of help?

Many parents take advantage of this offer. This often creates a stable relationship of trust between the families and the Kita. For Katrin Frohlich, it is not always easy to meet this trust. "I’ve had calls on the Evening, where parents have told me they have just beaten their child and are asking what they should do now." What does it then? "I show understanding, but also make it clear that it is not in order and offer help. By dealing with each situation individually and discussing with the parents how they can deal with it now."

How do I say no in the daycare center?

"If I want to have my peace, then I am allowed to express it": The children learn this not only at Villa Regenbogen. © Diakoneo/ Villa Regenbogen

How does the team deal with these situations?

"We have clear understandings of what we do if we believe children are being endangered are." says Katrin Frohlich. If a team member makes a conspicuous observation, it is first documented and the child is closely observed. If the incident repeats itself, an educator addresses the parents. Are these not cooperative or react with aggression, the child will be closely observed for some time. "And then we involve the youth welfare office."
This procedure is the same for all of Diakoneo’s daycare centers.

To deal with these often stressful situations To make things easier for the team members, a lot of openness is needed: "We talk a lot about the cases in the team meetings," says Katrin Frohlich. If the employees wish, it is also Supervision possible.
Two specially trained Staff members focus on working with the families in order to support the parents at an early stage. In addition to parent evenings, the daycare center also offers Parent-and-child courses and parenting courses. Sometimes a gentle pressure Necessary to get parents on board. "We always tell the parents about a course and say that they can get help here."

One permanent tightrope walk "between right and wrong", Katrin Frohlich admits openly. But she knows that she and her team can make a difference for the children through their work: "We can help to ensure that the children not only have a good time at the daycare center, but also at home a stable environment get."

The employees in the 26 daycare centers, kindergartens and after-school programs at Diakoneo are a strong team.
Together they develop cross-facility concepts like the standard for religion-sensitive education or a standard for participation in the day care center.
In the individual facilities, the teams space for the implementation of exciting projects such as natural science Montessori projects or concepts for Media education.
All facilities for children have been working for years according to a inclusive concept.

Diakoneo attaches great importance to the Qualification of the staff. They develop their skills and competencies in regular Training and Continuing education Ongoing. Curious?

They would like to be Educators, childcare workers, Childhood pedagogue, curative educator in the education service or Curative educator (each m/f/d) work at Diakoneo? You want to rise to the challenge and help with Structure to participate in a new institution?

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