Academic Workplace Child and Youth Health Care 

The VU University medical centre was the first university in the Netherlands to adopt a structural approach for the academisation of the Child and Youth Health Care (CYHC) system. The main purpose of the Academic Workplace CYHC is improving knowledge transfer between CYHC, health policy, research and education. The chosen sub-themes are overweight, parenting support, child abuse and neglect and psychosocial problems. 

Nurse Family Partnership = VoorZorg

The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) intervention is the only evidence-based intervention in the world for the prevention of child abuse. This intervention was developed and examined by dr. David Olds in the US. With his permission, we are the first to use this intervention outside the US, after translation and cultural adaptation. In the so-called VoorZorg intervention risk factors that compromise the physical, cognitive and behavioral development of yet-to-be-born children of high-risk mothers during pregnancy
and in the first 2 years of life, are being dealt with.
The target group are young girls with a low educational level and a weak social structure pregnant of their first baby. The whole intervention takes about 2,5 years, from pregnancy on until the children are 2 years of age, consisting of 40-60 structured home visits by specially trained nurses. 
In an RCT the effectiveness and implementation of the intervention in the Netherlands will be studied. The effectiveness of the intervention will be studied from the point of vue of the child as well as from the mother and also from the agencies that use the intervention. A total number of 456 pregnant women will be included and randomised for region and ethnicity. At this moment 200 women are already included in 20 different municipalities. The control group will receive usual care. When the intervention is proved to be effective in the RCT, we mean to implement the intervention throughout the Netherlands. The knowledge and experience gained in the pilot studies and the RCT is of great value in this nationwide implementation.