With 25 million DKK the two partners seek to better the well being of children during a divorce. This will happen through additional counselling for both parents and professionals.
Over the coming four years Children’s Welfare and The Egmont Foundation will cooperate to strengthen the knowledge for both parents and professionals about the difficult issues for children during a divorce.
“Research shows that difficult conflicts as a part of parents’ divorce have a vast negative impact on the well being of the children involved. With this partnership we will be able to help children in a variety of different situations. We will be able to support the child in the middle of the battle between his/her parents. We will also be able to help the child who needs extra guidance and support, in order to cope with the situation and the everyday life of being a part of two families,” says director of The Egmont Fondation, Henriette Christiansen.
The program will, among other things, include an expansion and a quality boost of the Parenting helpline. The amount of counselling has to be more than doubled during the four-year period; the number of counselling will rise from 2600 to 6000. Simultaneously an online forum will open where parents can discuss relevant topics with each other. Furthermore, a variety of campaigns will be launched to increase the knowledge for parents of a child-friendly divorce.
“The demand of counselling from parents during a divorce is so immense that we can’t keep up and respond to everyone. Being able to expand our capacity is extremely positive. When children are in tough situations it is important they have the ability to reach out and get help from parents or other caretakers who can relate to their situation,” says director of Children’s Welfare, Rasmus Kjeldahl.
The inclusion of the children is a crucial principal for both Children’s Welfare and The Egmont Foundation. As a result, some of the children, who have gone through a divorce, will be assembled during the four years of cooperation. Their task will be to give inputs to selected politicians, officials, and others, who demand an insight of how children experience the process of a divorce.