Jan-Dirk Sprokkereef will commence duties for Veilig Thuis (Safe Home) and the approach to child abuse

The Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG), State Secretary Martin van Rijn (Health, Welfare and Sport) and Minister Ard van der Steur (Security and Justice) give an extra impetus to the approach to child abuse and domestic violence. Experienced youth care manager Jan-Dirk Sprokkereef will commence duties on 1 April, by order of the VNG, to further improve the quality of all Veilig Thuis (Safe Home) organisations. Moreover, Sprokkereef will take action with all relevant parties to make the reporting code for Child Abuse and Domestic Violence more effective in actual practice. Jan-Dirk Sprokkereef will also take the necessary action to support municipalities and certified institutions in achieving sustainable availability of youth protection and juvenile rehabilitation.

Putting a stop to abuse

Child abuse and domestic violence must be stopped as soon as possible. Veilig Thuis (Safe Home) - which was initiated in 2015 as a result of a merger between the Domestic Violence Centre and the Reporting Centre on Child Abuse and Neglect - plays an essential role in this regard. In the previous period, a supervision round by the Youth and Health Care Inspectorates revealed that things are going well at the Veilig Thuis (Safe Home) organisations, but that there are also some improvement points. Sprokkereef will support the Veilig Thuis (Safe Home) organisations in this respect, so that the quality of the entire network can be elevated. He will do this in conjunction with the existing supporting activities of the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).

Improving the effects of the reporting code

The mandatory reporting code also plays a key role in the approach to child abuse and domestic violence. The reporting code makes all professionals who work with children - doctors, teachers, nurses, care providers, etc. - more aware of the necessity of recognising abuse and taking action in order to stop the abuse. Despite this, more is needed. At the request of State Secretary Van Rijn, Sprokkereef will take pragmatic action along with all involved parties, to further improve the effects of the reporting code, together. This will also involve intense collaboration with organisations such as the Task Force on Child Maltreatment and Sexual Abuse and the Augeo Foundation.

Jan-Dirk Sprokkereef

Jan-Dirk Sprokkereef (1968) is Vice Chairman of Jeugdzorg Nederland (Dutch Youth Care Services) and the Task Force on Child Maltreatment and Sexual Abuse and is the manager of Samen Veilig Midden-Nederland. He will resign from these positions to start his new duties on 1 April.