Childhood-Haus

Child protection is an integral part of the medical services at the University Clinic of Leipzig outpatient clinic for children and young people. An interdisciplinary child protection group with staff from a range of professional backgrounds has been working there since 1999. In 2012, a child protection outpatient clinic was created within the framework of the child protection group.

Around 100 to 150 minors facing child protection and abuse issues visit and are treated at the University Clinic of Leipzig every year. The number of children and young people who visit the clinic with signs of endangerment of child welfare caused by physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect is growing constantly in Leipzig. This is due to the greater number of preschool and school-age children, the larger number of children in families receiving welfare support (Hartz IV recipients), the increased number of refugee children and the ongoing issue of drug use.

Following the Scandinavian Barnahus children’s houses (Children´s Advocacy Centers) model, The University Clinic, with Childhood´s support and funding, is currently setting up a child-friendly facility that provides support in (suspected) cases of sexual abuse. This support is based on interdisciplinary cooperation between appropriate professional groups, all under one roof. The multidisciplinary team works together to provide appropriate support for children. Interviews with children are kept to a minimum and are carried out in a child-friendly environment. Victim support and suitable care are also coordinated. An important aspect of the Barnahus is the interview room, where children under court supervision are interviewed by a specially trained psychologist. Additional professionals sit in an adjacent room and are connected to the interview room via visual acoustic technology, thus allowing them to ask questions of the child being interviewed.