Covid-19: more children and adolescents are entering the care system | Coronavirus

The number of young people entering the care system and children up to six years of age signaled by the National Early Intervention System (SNIPI) is increasing, according to the latest State of Emergency report.

In a chapter on responses to early childhood interventions, the report on the state of emergency between January 31 and February 14 states that during this period the number of signals sent to the national early intervention system “increased last year, particularly in the metropolitan area Lisbon, an aspect that has made this system even more difficult. “

SNIPI integrates an organized set of services under the responsibility of the Ministries of Health, Labor, Social Security and Education, aimed at children up to the age of six and their respective families, whose role is to provide support through social and social support measures Education to ensure early intervention in childhood and health areas.

The government document presented to the Assembly of the Republic this Tuesday said that as part of a state of emergency, local SNIPI intervention teams were given intervention guidelines to try “to ensure that the most problematic situations are adequately face-to-face when necessary – follow-up by these professionals ”.

The report of the State of Emergency Monitoring structure coordinated by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Eduardo Cabrita, indicates that the parents of children monitored in early childhood interventions have been provided with support resources available on the Social Security website are .

The document also shows that the monitoring and follow-up of the situation of the children and young people in care, the functioning and organization of the houses in which they are housed, has been maintained.

According to the report, surveillance was maintained and intensified, especially in the period leading up to the Christmas holidays, with the district center teams accompanying these houses being instructed to “properly guarantee the right of children and young people to live with their families that the defined social plans were effectively ensured ”.

“The application and collection of questionnaires for the annual characterization of the childcare situation for children and adolescents also began, basic data for the implementation of the next CASA 2020 report, this year with the special feature of collecting data on the effects of Covid-. 19 for children and adolescents in foster families, ”he says.

The report goes on to say that following the surveillance carried out, “the number of children and young people entering the care system is higher than last year”.

The emergency status monitoring document also indicates that the district teams accompanying the shelters report “major human resource difficulties”, namely medical losses, difficulties in hiring qualified personnel for the functions, severe fatigue and wear and tear on the teams. and difficulties in buildings separating infected and uninfected children and adolescents.

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