Every child needs special care and protection because of his or her vulnerable and dependent position. Parents are primarily responsible for this of course. They must look after and bring up their child and stimulate his or her development.

When parents do not or can not assume responsibility, that can endanger the child’s development. If there are serious concerns about a child’s development and upbringing, the   Guardianship Council is consulted or brought in.

The Guardianship Council stands up for these children by examining their (family) situation and advising on the best solution for the child. The best interests of the child are central to everything that the Guardianship Council does.

The Guardianship Council is part of the Ministry of Justice and Security.