ERIC Number: ED092250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Child Advocacy in Denmark: 70 Years of Experience with This "New" Idea.
Wagner, Mary; Wagner, Marsden G.
Denmark's child advocacy system is made up of local kommune (county) Child and Youth Welfare Committees which watch over the well-being of children. Each child and youth committee serves as an effective advocate for the children of its community in three areas: promotion, protection, and prevention. The committee's responsibility to promote conditions for sound child development includes determination of number of child care institutions and kindergartens needed and assessment of the quality of existing institutions. State funding is granted on the committee's recommendations. In community matters such as town planning, housing, traffic, and entertainment the committee also has much influence as they consider what provisions have been made for children. To protect the child, the committee can also serve as an advocate for the child in his own home. The committee has the authority to co-opt any specialist they deem necessary in the consideration of a case; however, the final decision rests solely with the committee itself. In recent years, the committee has put great emphasis on preventive measures through a family guidance program. Fundamental to this advocacy program is an attitude concerning society and the child: the child is everyone's responsibility. Furthermore, any citizen with a particular interest in children is expected to volunteer for service on a Child and Youth Welfare Committee. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Copenhagen Univ. (Denmark). Inst. of Social Medicine.
Identifiers - Location: Denmark