Nidos and guidance
The Nidos organization
Under assignment of the Dutch government, Nidos acts as guardian for unaccompanied minor refugees and is committed to helping them. Juvenile protectors (guardians) of Nidos carry out the guardianship tasks. The head office is located in Utrecht. The guardians work from regional offices spread throughout the whole of the Netherlands. Nidos does not carry out the everyday care for the minors. Nidos is the legal representative of the youngsters and protects their rights in this role. The guardian supports the youngster until he has reached the age of 18 or up until the time that he returns to the country of origin.
The guardian is responsible
During the placement within a family, Nidos remains responsible for the youngster. This means that the guardian takes care of all the overriding and future-focused matters such as the asylum procedure, the application for a health insurance and the choice of school. The family is responsible for the day-to-day matters. Of course, these matters are generally arranged in mutual consultation.
The juvenile protector/guardian pays regular visits
A youngster remains under the guardianship of Nidos until he turns 18. A guardian will therefore visit the family and the youngster on a regular basis in order to check whether everything is going well with regard to the youngster. Then he will talk to the child alone and/or together with other family members. If there are any bottlenecks, in consultation with the parties involved, the guardian will consider what action can be taken. The guardian himself is not a social worker. The guardian has the task of detecting, referring and coordinating and is responsible for the youngster. The guardian not only has the task of monitoring the care of the child, but also of supporting the foster parents.
Plan of approach
Together with the parties involved, a plan of approach is drawn up for every child. The plan of approach mentions concrete desired development results and action points. The foster family is expected to contribute ideas and to help realize the plan of approach.
Contact with the OWG worker
In principle, the work of an OWG (reception and accommodation in the framework of a foster family) worker ends after the placement of a youngster. It is the guardian of Nidos who then arranges everything and maintains contact with the family. The guardian keeps the OWG worker up-to-date by means of assessments. The OWG worker will also visit you in order to check how the placement is working out and to ask whether you were prepared sufficiently for the placement. At the end of the placement, there will also be contact with the OWG worker in order to check how the placement has been and find out about the wishes and points of attention for a possible further placement.