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SOCIAL WORK IN NARVA CITY. Maria Zhuravlyova Narva College of the University of Tartu Head of Youth Work Curriculum. Narva C ity.

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Social work in narva city


Maria Zhuravlyova

Narva College

of the University of Tartu

Head of

Youth Work Curriculum

Narva c ity
Narva City

  • Narva is the third largest city in Estonia. It is located at themost eastern point of Estonia, by the Russian border, on the Narva River which takes off from Lake Peipus.

  • More information about Narva

Population s gender and age structure
Population´sgender and agestructure

  • On 1 January 2009 Narva had 65,886 inhabitants. The population, which was 83,000 in 1992, has been declining since then.

  • 93.85% of the current population of Narva are Russian-speakers (80% are ethnic Russians), mostly either Soviet-era immigrants from parts of the former Soviet Union (mainly Russia) or their descendants.

  • Estonians account for only 4% of the total population. Much of the city was destroyed during World War IIand for several years during the following reconstruction the Soviet authorities prohibited the return of any of Narva's pre-war residents (among whom ethnic Estonians had been the majority, forming 64.8% of the town's population of 23,512 according to the 1934 census), thus radically altering the city's ethnic composition.

  • Only 46% of the city's inhabitants are Estonian citizens. Another 35% are citizens of the Russian Federation, while 18% of the population has undefined citizenship.

Social problems in narva1

  • Drugs, alcohol and glue sniffing

  • Constant increase of use of addictive substances (tobacco, alcohol, drugs and glue) among children and youth.

  • Constant downtrend of the age of first-time drug users.

  • Large amount of people using IV drugs.

  • Increase in the number of law violations caused by/connected with drug addiction.

  • Fast spread of HIV (first of all among IV drugs addicts).

Social problems in narva2

  • A significant concern in Narva is the spread of HIV, which started expanding in 2000. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 1600 cases of HIV were registered in Narva, making it one of the three areas worst hit in Estonia, after Tallinn and ahead of the rest of Ida-Viru County. On average 150–200 new cases have been registered yearly.

For unemployed


  • UnemploymentInsuranceFund -

    Aim: to provide labour market-related services and to effect payments of unemployment benefit.


  • Estonia RedCross

  • SocialAdaptationCentre

  • New bridge

  • MercyCenter

  • TheSalvationArmy

    NGO-s aim: providing people with no employment, income or place of living with necessary information and psychological counselling, providing them with second hand clothes, footwear and household items, organization of their employment.

For child and family prot e ction

Problems associated with social welfare are solved by the Department of Social

Assistance. Under its authority are:

  • Centre of Rehabilitation

  • Orphanage

  • Crisis Home

  • Centre of First Medical Aid and Social Rehabilitation

  • Night shelter for the homeless

  • Day care Centre "LAD" for disabled children

  • Telephone reassurance service

    The Department actively co-operates with 12 social organisations involved in provision of assistance to children and adults, including the Drug Addict Rehabilitation Centre.

    Contact: Phone: +372 35 91880, Fax: +372 35 91880;

    e-mail: [email protected]

For child and family prot e ction1


  • Home for a Child

  • OpenYouthCenter RLK

  • MercyCenter

  • Camomile

  • Home Center

  • Bigfamily

  • Narva Society of Family with special needs

  • SOS “Childrenvillage”

    Aim: organization of children’s free time, parent counselling, psychological help, support person service.

Services and benefits


  • Parish-relief

  • Benefit for carers or legal guardians of a 18-year old and older disabled person

  • Carer’s benefit for parents or carers of disabled children

  • Additional benefit for families with disabled children from funds of Children Protection Service

Services and benefits1

  • Fitting the living conditions according to the special needs of a disabled person.

  • City’s benefit for pensioners.

  • One-time child’s birth benefit from the city funds.

  • One-time emergency benefit.

Services and benefits2


  • Support person service

  • Soup kitchen service

  • Social counselling

  • Services for homeless people

  • Activating of unemployed

  • Rehabilitation

  • Personal assistant service

  • Special transportation service for disabled people

  • Housework services



  • works on the development of the parental competencies and prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

  • empowers families at risk to change their life so that they would be able to raise their children properly in normal conditions,

  • advocatesthechildrenrights and interestswhenproblemsoccurintheirdevelopment,

  • supports and assists children in solving development-related problems,

  • supports children in their pursue for education by helping children solve school and study-related problems in a child-centred way,

  • functions as the community activator by creating and strengthening networks in the community thus providing more efficient support to families at risk which are willing to change their lifestyle and thus also preventing occurrences of deprivation of parental rights.

Principles prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

  • Growing-up in the biological family is best for a child.

  • Guardians are responsible for development of their children.

  • Local communities provide children and their families with direct support.

  • Aim of development is realization of a person’s rights.

Standards 1
Standards prevention of the child’ separation from their families, 1

  • Children at risk of social orphanage are our target group.

  • Children have access to services which are necessary for their normal development.

  • We help families to develop their self-sustainability in the issues of child care and protection.

Standards 2
Standards prevention of the child’ separation from their families, 2

4. We help local communities to work efficiently with children at risk and their families.

5. We establish cooperation to achieve our common aims.

6. Constant planning, monitoring and evaluation make our programmes up-to-date and effective.

Family strengthening programme let s give strength in narva
FAMILY STRENGTHENING PROGRAMME prevention of the child’ separation from their families,:«Let’s give strength in Narva»

  • Our aim:

    Strengthening family’s possibilities

    to satisfy needs of child’s

    development in the family.

  • Protection of children’s rights and interests prevention of the child’ separation from their families,.

  • Providing family with support in the process of improvement of family’s possibilities.

  • Work on development of parental competences.

  • Support and help in solving problems connected with child’s development.

  • Providing children with support in their pursue for education.

Service description
SERVICE DESCRIPTION prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

  • Establishing positive contact with the family.

  • Evaluation of the family’s strengths, condition and resources together with the family members in order to create the family development plan.

  • Supporting the family in realization of the development plan proceeding from the family’s interests, encouraging the family to act independently and efficiently.

  • Regular evaluation of the family’s condition together with the family members where special attention is paid to satisfaction of children’s needs and interests in the family.

  • Providing additional services for development of the family.

  • Supervision of children’s safety in the family.

  • Confidentiality and fulfillment of the social worker’s ethics.

Additional services
ADDITIONAL SERVICES prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

  • Social study – parents’ club – development of parent-child relations.

  • Specialist in the issues of education – helping children in their studies.

  • Early interference programme – speech therapist and parent counselling.

  • Support in purchase of medicines.

  • Legal advice.

Our plans
OUR PLANS prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

  • Early interference programme for kindergartens.

  • Extending of the range of the family support person services.

  • Broadening of social-psychological study

  • Engaging volunteers.

  • Opening the centre of family counselling and support.

CONTACT prevention of the child’ separation from their families,

Manager: Kalle Laane,

+37255513715, [email protected]

Coordinator: Maria Zhuravlyova,

+3725585533, [email protected]

THANKS prevention of the child’ separation from their families,