Q&A
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Is the Children´s Prosperity Act for all children?

The short answer is yes, the Children´s Prosperity Act is for all children in Iceland and their families. The integration of services is however meant for those that need individualized support different service providers

What does the Children´s Prosperity Act add to already provided services?

The goal of the Children´s Prosperity Act is to strengthen the services already available in the local community. The children that require individualized services already have access to coordinators of services and case managers. They are meant to guide parents through the system. Their roles are well defined and they have the scope and time to manage their roles for the prosperity of children.

Where can I get in touch with coordinators of services for my child and family?

The coordinator of services is an employee of the state and or municipality. His location depends on where the child is within the system at each time.

The coordinator from when the child in concived until it enters kindergarten is located at health care centres. 

During kindergarten, elementary school and secondary school is located at the appropriate school. 

Children that, for some reason, fall between the cracks at any of the schools listed above have access to a coordinator of services at the municipality´s social services.

Which resource can be utilized when it comes to integrated services?

The municipalities are currently working on are source list which will become accessible to parents and coordinators of services. Once complete each resource will be outlined. 

Resources related to the government, such as within the healthcare system, will also be listed. 

Other resources from interest groups and private companies are also available although they are to many to list.

Do all cases where children and their need assistance need to be integrated?

The short answer is no, not all cases need to be integrated so a child can receive the necessary support it requires. 

In some instances the support available during the 1st stage, which all children have access to, is enough.

When children need further assistance and it has been evaluated that integration of services is needed for the prosperity of the child, a request can be put forward.

My child is already receiving support which is going well. Do I need to request for additional integrated services?

No, not at all. If there is already a team in place which is supporting the child and the collaboration is sufficient it is unnecessary to add additional integrated services. If difficulties arise during the collaboration integrading services might be considered if it benefits the child´s prosperity.

What happens if my child needs individualized support but I do not want to accept integrated services?

Integrated services are meant as an offer forchildren and their parents. If however the parents choose to seek the servciesthemselves the services is not integrated.

The laws do not replace the services that are required by law. Instead they are meant as an addition and to ease the lives of children, their parents and others.

What is the difference between an information sharing request and a service integration request?

Information sharing request:
A form filled out by a parent and/or child that allows a service provider or those who provide general services in the interest of a child's prosperity to collect information about a child's situation and pass it on to a coordinator of services. The form only authorizes this specific communication to this specific contact. The coordinator of services is not authorized to contact anyone other than the parents and/or child once he has received the information.

Request for the integration of services:
A form filled out by a parent and/or child that allows a service provider or those who provide general services in the interest of a child's prosperity to collect information about a child's situation and pass it on to a coordinator of services. The form only authorizes this specific communication to this specific contact. The coordinator of services is not authorized to contact anyone other than the parents and/or child once he has received the information.

Do both requests need to be signed for service integration to begin?

No, it is not necessary in all cases.

A request for the sharing of information is a form for those who share information at the request of parents to the coordinator of services and/or case manager. If parents prefer to directly contact a coordinator of services, they should not fill out a request for the sharing of information.

The integration of services cannot, however, begin until a request for integration of services has been filled out on the appropriate form.

Do both parents need to sign a request for information sharing and/or integration so that integration can begin?

There is no simple answer to this question. This must be viewed in the context of other laws where the child's case falls under, e.g. Children's Act, Child Protection Act and Patient Act. Some are aimed at both parents and others are aimed at the legal parents. The best interests of the child must always be the guiding principle.

Where can I access information and get help with the implementation of the Prosperity Law?

More information about the implementation of the Success Act can be found on the website of the Children and Family Center, bofs.is. 

For further advice related to implementation and/or advice on integration, please contact the children's success team, farsaeld@bofs.is.