An extra offer for children, young people and parents

Vice President of the Child Protection Association Elvira Wudy (left) welcomes Caritas staff to the Plattlinger premises: (from right) CEO Manuela Stephan, qualified psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Sandra Scheuer, childhood educator Vanessa Ritzinger and qualified educator Regina Leitenmeier. Photo: Häusler

To stand by the children and represent their rights – these are the most important goals that the Child Protection Association pursues. Elvira Wudy, vice president of the Deggendorf-Plattling Child Protection Association, is confident that this works best in collaboration with many expert partners. The fact that Caritas’ education, youth and family counseling is now also available on the premises at Straubinger Straße 4 to 6 is another important step in the expansion of the network. “I see the need here in Plattling,” Wudy stressed at a joint press event.

“All under one roof”

The Vice-Chair and her team have established contact with education, youth and family counseling several times in recent months. It is even better if the Caritas employees can also be found in Plattling at a fixed time. It is now possible on Wednesdays from 13.00 to 16.30. During this time, qualified educator Regina Leitenmeier and qualified psychologist Xenia Obermaier are available alternately as experienced specialists. The motto “all under one roof” lowers the inhibition threshold to seek out an additional counseling center, Wudy says.

The Caritas Association advises on all issues concerning childhood, adolescence and family life, as “parenting is not a child’s play, but a demanding task”, it says in a flyer. The range is so wide that CEO Manuela Stephan, psychological psychotherapist and head of the counseling center Dr. Sandra Scheuer, childhood educator Vanessa Ritzinger and trained educator Regina Leitenmeier.

Tips for parents of babies and toddlers

When it comes to sleep problems, eating habits, self-calming difficulties or stages of defiance in babies and toddlers, Vanessa Ritzinger is the right contact person. Together with parents, she investigates the causes and gives tips on how to solve the respective problem – possibly Mondays between 9 and 12 in the child welfare agency in Plattling.

In addition, the counseling center offers help and support on the subject of separation and divorce. The purpose of the counseling is to focus on the children of the parents in question, to agree on rules of conduct or to improve communication between the parents. The Counseling Center does not provide legal advice.

Advice on diseases and fears

In addition to the concerns already mentioned, parents also receive information about diseases such as ADD and ADHD, or when young people themselves are harmed. “Bullying and addiction are also big problems,” the experts report. Children and young people can also contact Caritas themselves, for example if they are scared. “When students get their certificates, we are definitely in demand,” the experts say. However, young people can also contact the counseling center themselves if they have other fears, concerns or problems.

Furthermore, Caritas can also be a point of contact for professionals, such as educators, if there is a risk to the best interests of the child. As “experienced specialists” – as they are officially called – the employees can be contacted, if there is a suspicion, to make a risk assessment together with the educators and possibly plan further steps.

Elvira Wudy emphasizes that the Child Welfare Agency takes care of all children, not just poorer families. “All children have the same rights,” she emphasizes, drawing attention to the holiday program to which all children are, of course, invited.

The consultation is voluntary, free of charge and strictly confidential. Dates are below phone number 0991/2905510 agreed. You can get more information at www.erbildungsberatung-deggendorf.de or via e-mail to erbildungsberatung@caritas-deggendorf.de.

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