Family's House

The Family’s House is a model for organizing municipal services for children, youth and their families.

The Family’s House is a model for organizing municipal services for children, youth, and their families. The first municipalities in Norway adopted the model in 2002; it consisted of an open kindergarten, maternity care, health station (0-5 years), educational psychology services, and preventive services.

RKBU North works to promote and further develop the Family House model and other municipal collaboration models on behalf of the Norwegian Directorate of Health. On this page, you can find information about the model, research results, and materials that may be useful for those working in the Family House, municipal services, or anyone interested in the topics of collaboration and interdisciplinary work.

The entire purpose of the Family’s House is preventive, but other goals include improving interdisciplinary collaboration between professionals and offering coordinated municipal services. Indeed, the combination of these aspects allow Family’s Houses to provide better, more comprehensive support to children and families, which is readily available in their communities (Haugland, Rønning, & Lenschow, 2006; Martinussen, Hansen, & Adolfsen, 2019).

Illustration of the model
The Model Illustration made by: Lundblad Media.
The Family’s House model was developed as part of the Plan for Advancing Mental Healthcare (1999- 2008), the main goals of which were to offer improved mental healthcare; advance health-promoting and preventive strategies; and increase community participation, universal services, and easy access to those services. Further work on the model is ongoing, and improvements are being made in service coordination, and in providing preventive information that is tailored to the needs/problems of the community in which the Family’s House is located. One of the main goals of the Family’s House model was to create a low-threshold setting in which interdisciplinary services could be offered to everyone, but in which children and young people at psychosocial risk could still be identified and offered relevant, interdisciplinary help at an early stage (Martinussen et al., 2019).