Best Practices

Szczecin Przyjazny Rodzinie

1. Name of the practice

Szczecin Przyjazny Rodzinie

2. City

Gmina Miasto Szczecin

3. Years in operation

2012 –

4. Objectives

The aim of the Program is:
– bridging the gap between citizens residing in Szczecin;
– creating conditions for taking advantage of various forms of preferences, reliefs and facilities that will support the family;
– increasing accessibility for families and their members, to various types of goods, such as culture, leisure, sports, recreation, tourism, education offered by organizational units of the Municipality of Szczecin, municipal cultural institutions, and to goods and services offered by other public institutions and other entities interested in participating in the Program;
– support in the process of upbringing of children and young people in families in particular need, and promotion of family-friendly places existing and emerging both in the public, non-governmental and private sphere, awarded with a certificate issued by the Municipality of Szczecin;
– financial support of members of Szczecin families both in the process of upbringing and caring.

5. Description - overwiew

The family is a great value for the Municipality of Szczecin, and the role of the local government is to create the best possible conditions for its harmonious development. The family finds an important emphasis in the Development Strategy of Szczecin 2025,
and the city’s mission contained in this document recognizes conditions as one of the most important elements of development as a determinant of the attractiveness to live and work of its residents.
Guided by concern for Szczecin Families, on July 16, 2012, the Szczecin City Council adopted a resolution on the introduction of the FAMILY-FRIENDLY SZCZECIN program in the city.
The long-term and developmental nature of the Program allows for its expansion and modernization
The long-term and developmental nature of the Program makes it possible to expand and modernize it, adapting it to the current needs of the residents of both the City of Szczecin and neighboring municipalities (Kolbaskowo, Police and Dobra), which have signed or will sign an agreement on joining the FAMILY-Friendly SZCZECIN Program.

Another example of support for residents by the Municipality of Szczecin is the introduction of “Care Voucher” cash benefits, i.e.:
1. “Care Voucher: PLN 500” – In the amount of up to PLN 500/month for parents of children aged from 12 to 48 months to subsidize the form of care chosen by parents in a non-public nursery, children’s club, caregiver or nanny;
2. “Care Voucher:Multiples”. – A one-time benefit for caregivers in the amount of PLN 5,000 for each child born from a multiple pregnancy, i.e. three or more children.
3. “Caregiver voucher:Alzheimer 75” – for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease paid in tranches of PLN 1,000 each.

6. Field of application

-Tariffs and economic support (public tariffs and benefits)

7. Target

Parents, children, seniors

8. Budget

7 500 000 zł

9 Evaluation - impact - outcomes

Steady increase in residents’ interest in the Program and benefits.
By the end of 2018:
1) more than 46,000 Szczecin Family Cards were issued;
2) More than 16,000 Szczecin Senior Cards were issued;
3) 819 payments were made for “Care Voucher: Alzheimer 75”
4) payments were made to 10 children under “Care Voucher: Multiples”
5) on average, nearly 500 families each month benefited from the “Care Voucher: 500 PLN” benefit.