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Ongoing studies

We are involved in research projects related to families with multiple and complex problems, and vulnerable children in particular, at a local, regional, national and international level. Below are a few examples of studies at the various levels:


Research guideline on usual help in Groningen

In cooperation with the Groningen municipality and WIJ Groningen, we conduct research into the scientific underpinning of the Guideline for usual help (Richtlijn Gebruikelijke Hulp) to children and youth in Groningen. This research aims to test the advice and decision making on the provision of youth aid in Groningen against the scientific framework of child law and orthopedagogy. On the basis of the research results, an advice will be formulated about possible adjustments and usability of the Guideline on usual help to children and youth in Groningen. The ultimate goal is to guarantee the interests of the child in the decision-making process concerning youth assistance.

The research is conducted by Carla van Os, Loraine Visscher, Marileen Koning (MA student), Janneke Dijkstra (MA student), Ilse Krijger (MA student) and Romy Anker (MA student). Jana Knot-Dickscheit is involved as advisor.


Arjen van Assen is conducting research as part of his PhD project in the three northern provinces and in cooperation with the Salvation Army into the intervention Child and Youth Coaching for children in families with multiple and complex problems. He focuses on the question to what extent and under what circumstances this intervention is effective in improving the life situation of children and young people.

Supervisor: Wendy Post & Co-promotor Jana Knot-Dickscheit

Promotion date: 12 May 2022, 2.30 p.m.

The research conducted by the Consortium Severe parenting problems and Families with Multiple and Complex Problems (SPP&FMCP) has yielded knowledge of effective elements in the assistance provided to SPP&FMCP. However, it turns out that professionals find it difficult to translate this knowledge into their own actions. The questions that arise are: How do you build up a supportive social network together with the family and how do you involve the existing network in the help given to the family? How and to what extent do you involve children in the assistance? How do you reflect on the content of the assistance provided and what is its added value?

As of 1 March 2022, the Centre of Expertise FMCP, together with C4Youth, the Youth Knowledge center in Friesland [Kenniswerkplaats Jeugd Friesland], Windesheim Lectorate Youth and ExPex Friesland, started an implementation project in which we, together with children and youth, parents, relevant organizations from practice, HBO/WO educations and policy makers, look for answers to these questions. The aim is to develop two practical workshops for professionals: one workshop aimed at involving the social network and children within ZOP&FMCP interventions and one workshop aimed at reflecting on one's own actions. We combine existing knowledge on these subjects and supplement it with practical tips, do's and don'ts from practitioners and experienced experts. In this way, we hope that the workshops will provide professionals with tools for involving the social network and children in interventions and for reflecting on their own actions.

Would you like to contribute or do you have questions about this project? Please contact Loraine Visscher.


Daniëlle Jansen is consortium leader of the project Severe Parenting Problems and Multi-problem Families, funded by ZonMw, (number: 729300016). The focus of this study into eight interventions for families with severe parenting problems and families with multiple and complex problems lies on the identification of effective elements, i.e. elements that contribute to the effectiveness of the interventions. Jana Knot-Dickscheit is involved in the project as a collaboration partner. Loraine Visscher is a PhD researcher in this project.


Daniëlle Jansen is project leader of the international study into increasing the vaccination coverage among minorities and ethnic communities in Europe. The project is funded by the EU programme Horizon 2020.

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