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Applying for socio-pedagogical family assistance

Socio-pedagogical family support takes place directly in the family and in their home. The family receives support in everyday issues and in the form of therapeutic processing of problem situations. To this end, a socio-pedagogical specialist regularly visits the family for several hours a week. The design of the assistance is based on the concrete everyday life of the family.

Socio-pedagogical family assistance is particularly supportive for single parents who are heavily burdened by coping with everyday family life.

Individual goals are developed with the family, which are based on the respective resources and abilities of the family members. Goals can be:

  • Restoration and strengthening of parenting skills
  • Uncovering strengths and abilities of each family member
  • Support in coping with everyday life
  • Strengthening self-esteem
  • Strengthening the ability to deal with conflict
  • Improving relationships with each other

If you have any problems, please contact the appropriate authority. It decides whether educational assistance makes sense and which aids are suitable.

The competent authority will help you with the application and will also advise you on other ways to help.

If the educational assistance is approved, all parties involved draw up a support plan together. It specifies how the educational assistance should be designed in your case. It is important that all family members benefit from it.

To the local youth welfare office

Socio-pedagogical family assistance must help the affected children.

The socio-pedagogical family assistance can support you with these problems:

  • They have problems with the organization of everyday life.
  • They need support in dealing with authorities, schools and doctors.
  • You have difficulties in caring for and educating your children.

An important prerequisite for the success of the service is your willingness to accept help and to work on change.

The costs of socio-pedagogical family assistance are borne by the Youth Welfare Office.


Socio-pedagogical family assistance is primarily intended to help people to help themselves. It is designed to solve a family's problems in the long run and is therefore usually designed for a longer period of time. The exact duration in each individual case is determined by the Youth Welfare Office together with all parties involved and determines it in the help plan.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Health and Equality

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)