Friedrichshafen: From scratched knees to threats: Children in need must be able to find reliable contacts

Swollen knees, lost bus ticket, got lost? Many challenging situations can arise in a city, especially for children. This starts with very small worries and needs and extends to larger issues such as the feeling of being followed or threatened by someone. In all these situations, a new project that the child welfare association wants to establish should provide security: the child welfare umbrella. Safe places are marked with a blue logo – two children under one umbrella. The project is supported by Ravensburg police headquarters and the city with social mayor Andreas Köster as patron.

“There are already such projects in the big cities; they have been evaluated and are absolutely effective, ”reports Florian Suckel, deputy head of the prevention department at Ravensburg’s police headquarters. Of course, it would be desirable for children to dare to turn to a “policeman on the corner” when they have worries and fears. That’s where the parents come in, Suckel says. “If you’re not good, then the police will come”: The policeman and his colleagues do not like to hear fluffy threats like these because, according to him, they create a false image and create more fear than trust in the officers.

“Children are the most important thing we need to protect,” said Florian Suckel, deputy head of the prevention department at Ravensburg’s police headquarters. “Child protection is therefore a task for society as a whole.” | Photo: Lena Reiner

At least Suckel expressed his joy at the project – also on behalf of the police headquarters and on behalf of Chief of Police Uwe Stürmer, who is himself a member of the child welfare association: “Children are the most important thing we must protect. . Protecting children is therefore a task for society as a whole. ” He therefore hopes that the project can serve as a plan to achieve greater dissemination of the approach.

This sticker is designed to help children identify safe places.

This sticker is designed to help children identify safe places. | Photo: Lena Reiner

One of the reasons why such a project only now exists in Friedrichshafen: First of all, there should be a separate logo and a separate project name. According to the initiators, the adoption of other logos was rejected for copyright reasons. Ingrid Pfannkuchen and Kirsten Bauermeister from the Child Welfare Association had had the idea in the back of their minds for ten years. “At that time, we exchanged ideas with members of other child protection organizations and got to know the concept,” says Pfannkuchen. Baumeister adds: “And now we have a new board, and everyone has more motivation and momentum again, they are backed up in our ideas and can just do it.” So now is the time to bring the idea to life.

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In his welcome speech, patron Andreas Köster emphasizes how important it is for a society to take care of each other. For children themselves, getting help is often a major obstacle. It is therefore important that the company also assumes its responsibility and provides appropriate offers or also provides information if it notices anything unusual. “We’ve done tests in the past and noticed that if passers-by notice something, they often walk away and ignore it,” Köster says. Something needs to change here, and projects such as the child protection umbrella could contribute.

Social Mayor Andreas Köster is the patron of the umbrella project for child protection.  “We have previously had tests ...

Social Mayor Andreas Köster is the patron of the umbrella project for child protection. “We’ve done tests in the past and noticed that if passers-by notice something, they often walk away and ignore it,” he says. Something needs to change here. | Photo: Lena Reiner

Köster would like to bring the idea of ​​the child protection screen to the city’s forum and marketing. Because at this point, everyone is being asked. The president of the Friedrichshafen Child Protection Association, Norbert Büchelmaier, also justified the step of going public with the child protection umbrella before the project was actually established. It is now important to reach out to children and dealers so that everyone knows that the project even exists: “How do we get all children to know that the child protection screen exists? We can not do it alone; That’s why today’s event is here. ” The social media where the parents of young children are must also be reached. They were happy for any kind of support.

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