​Unconditional care for youth

General information on Intermetzo

 

For children and young people with multiple complex problems, primary and secondary care alone cannot always provide sufficient help. Intermetzo provides complementary knowledge, professional support and expertise to parents, families, schools, social networks and peer organisations. We work together with children and young people (aged 0-23) to improve their prospects of the future, operating from the perspective that not only is every person unique, every person has a unique story to tell that contains its own opportunities, possibilities and challenges. Our vision can be summarised by the following motto: Building a meaningful existence together. 

At Intermetzo Zonnehuizen, we take anthroposophical values as our guiding principle.

Our integrated assistance

We provide integrated solutions through our complete range of treatment, care, education and employment support, as well as through our close collaboration with local and regional institutions —
and we do this for over 5,600 children and young people. 

Our care and assistance is organised from the perspective of the child, the youth and the parents. If the home environment does not offer a child good prospects for a healthy future, we provide this person with an alternative environment to grow up in where we can work together to develop a meaningful existence. Education and employment support are an essential part of helping youth to advance their prospects.

Our expertise

We have extensive in-house knowledge and expertise: mental health care (GGZ), specialist youth and parenting assistance, youth carePlus, child and youth psychiatry, mild intellectual disability (LVB), education and employment support and judicial youth care. To maintain our high-level knowledge of and expertise in complex youth care, we participate in various knowledge networks and collaborate with universities of applied sciences and research universities.  
Through our daily work, we also invest in academic knowledge regarding children with multiple complex problems. This way, we can provide an impetus to the youth care sector's ambition to reduce the number of children in residential facilities. By applying scientific research programmes that focus on targeted treatment, children’s length of stay has reduced and the effectiveness of their treatments has increased.

Collaboration with local and regional institutions

We work closely with local and regional institutions to provide optimal complementary assistance. Everyone draws on their individual resources in aiming to provide the right solution for the child or young person.  
 

Our staff

Our commitment, expertise and unwavering view to the future are important for children, young people and parents. Regardless of the complexity of the issues, our 2,000-strong staff offer assistance unconditionally and in an integrated and multidisciplinary manner. Together with policymakers, peer organisations and scientists, our staff do their utmost to find suitable and affordable solutions. Even when the safety of the child and/or the society is endangered, or when the support of the parents and the social network is largely absent, our staff remain unconditionally committed to the children, the young people and society.


What do we offer?

We offer various types of intensive care and treatment, see below for an overview:

  • Outpatient care
    Outpatient care is intended for children and young people, aged 6 to 23, whose development is not progressing and who are experiencing problems within several spheres (within the family, in the district or neighbourhood, at school or work and during free time). A psychiatric disorder has either been diagnosed or is suspected, possibly in combination with an intellectual disability. This always involves a multicomplex set of problems. Not only the child is experiencing problems, the parents and other people in the immediate environment are, too.
    The goal is the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.
  • Intensive day treatment
    Intensive day treatment is intended for children and young people whose development is stagnating as a result of psychiatric issues, possibly in combination with intellectual or multiple disabilities. Due to the range of problems, these children and young people have an insufficient capacity to ensure they keep up in mainstream education, special education or other forms of daytime activity, and day treatment is prescribed. Day treatment is for children and young people, aged 6 to 16 years, who reside in the region (maximum journey distance of 45 minutes).
    The goal is for the children and young people to participate in mainstream or special forms of education or daytime activities.
  • Intensive 24-hour treatment at home
    Intensive 24-hour treatment is intended for children and young people with severe and complex issues involving a combination of (ortho)psychiatric problems in the child and parental powerlessness or a problematic family relationship in the parents. Frequently, motivation issues are involved. The goal is to increase the problem-solving abilities of children and young people and of those in their direct environment, to strengthen or extend the child's social network, to maintain or obtain education or work, to have meaningful leisure activities, to strengthen the parenting relationship and to avoid a residential stay.
  • Intensive residential treatment
    Intensive residential treatment is intended for children and young people who are at risk of developing issues with crime or delinquency as a result of their oppositional behaviour and psychiatric disorders. Often, these children and young people have suffered neglect and trauma and have attachment issues. Parental powerlessness also plays a role. The nature and severity of the problems require a 24-hour stay in a residential setting.
    The goal is for the youth to function without the safety and limitation of a so-called 'three environments facility', with education, child rearing and leisure activities being offered according to generally accepted norms and values. In addition, contact with the parents is restored and a suitable perspective on the future is established. The young person accepts authority, spends time on appropriate activities (school, work, free time) and understands the consequences of their own behaviour.
  • Specific residential treatment
    Specific residential treatment is intended for children and young people with severe and complex issues, who have experienced an unsafe parenting environment, traumatic events or physical or emotional neglect from a very young age. The goal of this treatment is to reduce the level of care required by the child or young person so that not only their independence increases, but their need for specialist care also decreases. The child is able to participate in society once more.

Living and growing up

If treatment at home — with or without a temporary stay at Intermetzo — is not an option, we offer several alternatives:

  • Family Livin
    Family living is for children whose development is endangered, for example due to witnessing domestic violence or from having been a victim of sexual abuse and/or other forms of abuse and/or neglect. These children require professional parenting in a small family environment. The goal is to provide the child with a safe and stable place in a family environment where they can maintain contact with the biological family, so that the child can feel safe, loved and capable. The child's resilience is restored.
  • Group living
    For a limited group of children and young people, 'family living' is not feasible or possible due to the specific range of problems. For these children, we offer small-scale group living. Though the groups have different living environments, they are all geared towards the child's orthopedagogical living requirements.
    The goal is to provide long-term accommodation.
  • Specific group living in premises
    The specific group living which requires highly intensive guidance and treatment and behaviour regulation is intended for children and young people who mainly operate at the level of a moderate intellectual disability. They also have psychiatric problems (these may be expressed through aggressive behaviour towards the environment or themselves) and/or behavioural problems. The children and young people have a disharmonious development and increased stress levels, and as a result, they are highly dependent on the adults in their environment, and remain so. The children and young people are aged between 4 to 18 years, with a possible extension up to 20 years. Their development is not progressing, and they require help with conceptualisation as well as diagnosis and treatment to set their development in motion again. The goal is to restore their perspective on the future and to make it more manageable.

Education and employment support

We align our education (cluster 4) as much as possible with normal life. If at all possible, the child or young person continues to attend their original school. Where necessary we provide support within mainstream education, so that the schooling need not be unnecessarily interrupted. However, should this be necessary, we make sure that the disruption is as brief as possible and that we provide a curriculum which matches that of the original school.
Intermetzo Zonnehuizen provides special education that is based on and inspired by anthroposophy.

Field of operation

As a supra-regional specialist, Intermetzo works with children and young people from throughout the Netherlands. We have locations distributed throughout the provinces of Flevoland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel and in The Hague.
The 'Moeder&Kindhuis', the 'Kwetsbare Meiden' expertise centre, our youth care Plus and our young offenders institution all provide assistance on the national level.

Further information

For more information about Intermetzo, please contact us via email at info@intermetzo.nl or on telephone +31 (0)88 547 70 00. Of course you can also visit our website www.intermetzo.nl.

   
Intermetzo is committed to children, young people and families that have multiple complex problems. These problems are so complex that the care and deployment of ambulatory assistance, social and family networks, foster families or other customised care is insufficient. We work with these children to develop their prospects of the future, operating from the perspective that not only is every person unique, every person has a unique story to tell that contains its own opportunities, possibilities and challenges. Our vision can be summarised by the following motto: Building a meaningful existence together.

As a supra-regional specialist, Intermetzo works with children and young people from throughout the Netherlands. We have locations distributed throughout the provinces of Flevoland, Utrecht, Gelderland and Overijssel and in The Hague.

At Intermetzo Zonnehuizen, we take anthroposophical values as our guiding principle.

 


www.intermetzo.nl

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