During the recent years there has been a number of cases concerning child abuse and neglected children, where the municipality has not acted despite many notifications. In consequence, the parliament passed a package (Overgrebspakke), which should prevent and stop these abuses against children and young people. This has led to an increased pressure on the municipal administration that receives more notifications than ever before. Therefore, in this project it is studied, whether a statistical instrument, based on children’s well-being, can support social workers, when they make assessments regarding whether a children needs help.    

Time period:

2016-2017 (phase 1)

Target group:

The primary target group is the marginalised children and young people, which the notifications deal with, while the secondary target group is the social workers.

Number of participants:

In the first part, the pilot project is tested in two Danish municipalities. If the first part is successful the project is spread to a larger number of municipalities.    


Risk is a pilot project, which deals with a systematic risk assessment at notifications about suspicion of child neglect and abuse. The statistical instrument includes different risk – and protection factors such as health information, school absenteeism and family circumstances. The correlation of these factors is analysed in relation to the probability that the child needs help.


The project tries to solve three main tasks. First, it has to be clarified, which data are available and possible to use in a systematic risk assessment. Next, the task is to produce an instrument, which can predict, whether a notification should cause an implementation of an arrangement, which can be a part of the social worker’s assessment. Last, the project should be pilot tested to assure that the instrument is usable and applicable.

In light of the administration that receives a lot of notifications and that they should make quick decisions, the goal is to produce a statistical instrument, through which the available data about a given child can contribute to and make supple the qualification of, how probable it is that the child needs help.

When social workers must make quick decisions on the basis of large amounts of information, they often choose to focus on a few risk factors. Here, the statistical instrument can contribute by considering all the relevant risk factors and thus the assessment is carried out based on the well-being of the child in general. The statistical instrument will especially contribute with information regarding the children that the municipality doesn’t have knowledge about and therefore the instrument makes sure that the decisions are based on a considered foundation.

The statistical instrument will function as a supplement to the social worker’s own professional assessment, theory, law and experience.

The project will be evaluated once a year to make sure that the criteria for success are achieved.    


VIA Society and Social Work (Via University College). 


Exoected in the end of 2017.

Project group

Merete Konnerup



Sanne Dalgaard

Project Coordinator

Erik Hygum

VIA Pædagogik og Samfund


Lene Mosegaard Søbjerg

Forsknings- og Udviklingsleder
VIA Samfund og Socialt Arbejde


Søren Nielsen

Project manager


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