The Ministry of Social Affairs is responsible for a wide range of social issues:
Disadvantaged children and young people may be in need of specialised support such as consultancy services, educational or other support in the home, family treatment or of help to solve their problems. The objective is to provide disadvantaged children and young people with optimum conditions during childhood and adolescence, so that their possibilities for personal expression, development and health care are the same as those of their peers.
All children in Denmark must be given the opportunity to attend a day-care facility. This therefore obligates the local council of the individual local authority to ensure the necessary number of places for the children in the local authority, referred to as guaranteed day-care availability. Day-care facilities can be set up in various ways – either as local-authority childminding, local-authority day-care centres, independent day-care centres, private childminding or an approved private day-care centre.
The Reform was passed in 2010. The objective of the reform is to improve initiatives targeting disadvantaged children and young people. The central element of the reform isl be to ensure that consideration for the child outweighs everything else.
Socially disadvantaged people
The homeless, drug and alcohol misusers, the mentally ill and prostitutes count among the people most in need of care. The Government’s objective is to start a process that can carry these groups from the fringe of society to the core of social policy.
Taking care of the elderly – the Danish way
Like people in the rest of Europe and the US people in Denmark live longer, and in addition the baby-boom generation born after the Second World War will soon reach the retirement age.
Everybody should have the opportunity of leading active, independent lives. We should make it easier to live with disabilities, and our activities should be planned on the basis of the individual disabled person’s needs. Our aim is to ensure disabled people full participation in the community and enable them to avoid isolation and social exclusion.