OCMW Oosterzele is committed for years together with the schools in the municipality in om
detect and counter child poverty to go. The OCMW encourages schools to
pass on signals of child poverty so that an aid program can be initiated where necessary
can set up.
The school year has now been running for several weeks and schools are getting to know their students better and better.
Not just their learning skillsn are discussed, but also signals about the socio–economic
status of students sometimes pop up. One of the signs that things are not going well at home can be the
contents of the lunch box or lack thereof. The OCMW Oosterzele did during the first
schomeeting of this school year again a call to all Oosterzeelse directors to there
extra vigilant in front of to be.
Oosterzele did a survey in the schools and luckily it turns outand empty lunch boxes no big
to be a problem in children who schoollopen in the community. Out of a total of 1.377 children
only a few situations are known. “But every studenthe lives in poverty, is there one too many“, say
alderman for social affairs Els De Turck. below more through the school consultation it stimulates
CPAS since years the schools to pick up on signals that point to child poverty and to
give, Social workers can and see whether it is necessary and possible to
to start an aid program via the OCMW. In addition to empty lunch boxes, ook payment problems at
school bills be a signal of poverty. Therefore carries our Financial service an asset
policy to refer people to the CPAS for assistance.
Of course, passing onn signals from the schools to the CPAS met respect
for the privacy of the families. Every situation is also different, and the school and the OCMW
discuss how best to work. Only if families so wish, the OCMW can step
to undertake. If the dreIf the temperature is too high to come to the OCMW, then social
workers To the school, on a home visit or to a location where the family feels comfortablet.
The Oosterzeels So the board does not set up a separate system in the context of empty lunch boxes because
each situation is specific and the normal assistance trajectories are made to deal with such
situations to deal with.
Do not hesitate to ask for help or advice, especially in this difficult timenot necessary times. Who himself
If you want to contact the OCMW, you can do so by calling 09 362 40 30 or to email to
[email protected]. It OCMW is located in Gutter 2 in 9860 Balegem.