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General Social Service (ASD) - part of the Youth Welfare Office

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The staff of the General Social Service advise, accompany and care for children, young people, parents and families in the city of Beckum within the framework of youth welfare.

This includes questions of upbringing, coping with separation and divorce or the structuring of custody and access rights.

  • What do we offer?

    Children and young people

    You can come to us when...

    • there is stress at home with siblings, parents or other family members
    • you experience bullying
    • your parents are separating
    • you are worried about your parents or one of your parents
    • you feel neglected or abandoned
    • you have been threatened with violence or have experienced violence
    • you feel that you can no longer live at home
    • you are pregnant and have unanswered questions or fears
    • and much more


    Parents and guardians

    You can come to us when...

    • you have questions about your child's development
    • you have questions about your child's education
    • you observe conspicuous or worrying behaviour in your child
    • there are frequent arguments between you and your child
    • when the whole family life is turned upside down
    • Your child has problems at kindergarten or school
    • you argue frequently with your partner
    • you want to take advantage of separation and divorce counselling
    • Violence occurs in your family
    • you can no longer take care of your children as well as you would like to
    • you are ill and your children are not cared for
    • and much more


    Beckum residents

    You can come to us when...

    • you are in contact with children and young people and have questions or concerns.


    Don't be afraid to make early contact before "the baby has dropped into the well".

    We are happy to advise you and are bound to observe confidentiality and data protection regulations. We see ourselves as a binding, confidential and reliable educational partner. We work transparently and cooperatively with you and accompany you on your way to a good solution for your family.

    In addition, we also refer people to counselling centres and specialist agencies in the district of Warendorf, including:

  • What happens when there are current dangers for children and young people?

    In case of danger for children and adolescents, please contact us! The ASD Beckum is available by telephone during the day: 02521 295120.

    If you report outside office hours, then contact the police via the emergency number 110 in case of acute danger; they will then contact the on-call service of the Youth Welfare Office, also at night and on weekends.

    Persons who are professionally in contact with children or adolescents are entitled to advice from an experienced specialist when assessing a risk to the well-being of a child in individual cases vis-à-vis the local youth welfare agency. You can obtain this advice from: Maria Steinhoff

    The protection of children's well-being is non-negotiable for us. To ensure this, we always need the cooperation of the parents. Only if parents do not protect their children themselves are we obliged to initiate provisional measures to protect children and young people.

  • Who are we?

    We are a team of women and men of all ages with different training and additional qualifications such as systemic counselling, case management, mediation, trauma pedagogy and trauma-centred counselling. All staff members are trained or in the process of being trained as "insufficiently experienced specialists" according to § 8a of the German Social Code (SGB) - Eighth Book (VIII) - Child and Youth Welfare. We are in regular supervision, collegial consultations and in quality dialogue with the independent providers in order to do justice to families in Beckum. We are also networked in the following working groups in the district of Warendorf: Working Group against Sexual Abuse, Round Table against Domestic Violence, Warendorf Practice, Early Intervention Network.

    We are available to citizens in the district of Beckum at the Ständehaus (Weststraße 57) and to citizens in the districts of Neubeckum, Roland and Vellern at the Neubeckum town hall (Hauptstraße 52).

  • How can you reach us?

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us during the service hours.
    The General Social Service (ASD) can be reached by telephone on Mondays to Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 02521 29-5120.

    The ASD is organised on a district basis, i.e. the responsibility for the individual case results from the address of the child and is based on the list of responsibilities.

  • Association - Families - Crises

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    The Verein zur Förderung von Familien in Krisensituationen e. V. was founded in 2001 by employees of the Youth Welfare Office to help families in emergency situations that cannot be supported by state or municipal funds. The organisation offers financial assistance to families in crisis situations in Beckum. Since 2011, the "Family between fun and crisis" training series has been held annually as part of the prevention programme, which focuses on the different perspectives of parenting. The lecture series had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus and was well attended again in 2022 and 2023.

    Association for the Support of Families in Crisis Situations Beckum e. V.

    Ursula Bergel
    Heike Denner

  • Information on dealing with the conflict in Ukraine

    The war in Ukraine leaves us stunned. Not only adults, but also children and young people are confronted with images, reports and questions about the situation in Ukraine. This can cause great insecurities and fears, with which children should not be left alone.

    Here are a few links to child-friendly information, as well as tips and advice on how to talk to children about the current situation and allay their fears:

    Videos and podcasts for children:
    WDR: Sendung mit der Maus (Programme with the Mouse)

    ZDFtivi: logo! topic page: War in Ukraine

    Parents' guide to dealing with the war conflict:
    KIKAfor adults
    Parents' guide FLIMMO
    The German school portal
    National Centre for Early Help

    Books can also help to engage children in conversation and answer their questions: Selection of children's books from the Sprach-Kitas Service Agency