In accordance with article 1.1 of the Child and Youth Act, youth assistance is defined as follows:
1. Support, assistance and care, other than prevention, to young people and their parents in reducing, stabilising, treating and eliminating or coping with the consequences of mental problems and disorders, psychosocial problems, behavioural problems or intellectual disability of the young person, or parenting problems of parents.
2. To promote the participation in society and independent functioning of young people with a mental, physical or sensory disability, a chronic psychological problem or a psychosocial problem and who have not yet reached the age of 18, and
3. Supporting or taking over personal care activities aimed at eliminating a lack of self-sufficiency in young people with a mental, physical or sensory disability or a somatic or psychiatric condition or disability, who have not yet reached the age of 18, on the understanding that the age limit of 18 does not apply to youth assistance under juvenile criminal law;
The Youth Act includes preconditions and quality requirements that youth aid and/or youth aid providers must meet, such as dossier formation, a plan (assistance plan, treatment plan) and quality monitoring and control. Youth assistance to be reported to CBS is subject to all these preconditions and requirements.
If a youth aid provider offers a young person (anonymous) advice or consultations, even if this is prior to the start of youth aid, this does not count as youth assistance on which data must be provided to CBS. This also applies to the provision of leaflets and other forms of information.