TransNet SOP

A network for safety oriented practice in child and youth welfare

The SOP network was founded in 2019 by various Luxembourg, German and Belgian institutions in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg.
It promotes, disseminates and implements practical models that focus on the safety and participation of children and young people in care processes. These are – besides prevention – the two central aspects of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Attitudes and methods are based on appreciative, questioning and solution-oriented counseling approaches. They look for traces of success in the attempts of children, young people and parents to find solutions and use these for development.

The participation of children, adolescents and parents is the guiding principle for many laws and standards in the field of child and youth care and family assistance.

The professionals and the organisations working in the network support each other in the implementation of these working methods and exchange their experiences. This is done through quality circle  (SOP LEAD) and case supervision workshops (SOP PRAX LAB) of professionals and practice leads.

Training, consulting and coaching

The SOP network offers (on-site and digital)

  • Training, consulting and coaching. The basic training consists of 2x 2 days (28 hours) and conveys the conceptual background, basic attitudes and working methods.
  • Individual and group coachings on cases and methods.
  • A regular Prax Lab is the learning space for the practice leaders or multiplicators in the participating organizations.

The members of the network

The network was founded in 2019 by various Luxembourg, German and Belgian promoters in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg.

Currently, the network includes:

Margaretenstift Saarbrücken To the website

The MaS is a traditional-innovative institution which offers and develops integrative assistance and care for children, young people and families in inpatient day-care and outpatient settings on a regional and national level.

La Main Tendue To the website

Domestic violence, problems of parenthood, divorces in conflict, ... so many reasons that may lead the teams of Main Tendue to listen and support. Our priority is to show solidarity with those who fall through the net of the social system.

SCAF, apehm To the website

SCAF as a specialised parenting support and guidance service, is aimed at families with a child or parent with a disability and offers guidance, parenting support and psychological counselling for the child and family in their own home.

Kannerhaus Junglinster, arcus To the website

We are a youth welfare institution for girls and boys from the age of 4.

Fondation Solina To the website

Solidarité Jeunes is committed to the well-being of children, teenagers, young adults and their families in Luxembourg. The clients are accompanied, supported and advised by the educational staff in the residential groups and ambulatory services.

SAEF, elisabeth To the website

The Child, Youth and Family Services (SAEF) of the Elisabeth Group offer various forms of residential and ambulatory care. The SAEF work closely in the SOP network with other child and youth welfare organizations, as well as with the Youth Welfare Office (Office National de l'Enfance) and the relevant government services.

PSYEA, femmes en detresse To the website

Femmes en détresse is a national association that looks after women, children and victims of domestic violence.

Croix Rouge, Bereich AEF To the website

Since 2017, we have been implementing - accompanied by the University of Luxembourg - a holistic and conceptually anchored repertoire of methods and a reflected practice (Case Laboratories) in the inpatient sector of child and youth services - Centre d'Accueil Norbert Ensch (CANE). We work with protection-oriented and appreciative approaches whose focus is on protecting children and strengthening families.

Jugend- und Drogenhellef, service parentalité To the website

The Jugend- an Drogenhëllef is committed to providing a wide range of services for drug users and their families. The Service Parentalité focuses on the children of addicted parents and family work.

CEPAS To the website

CePAS actively supports Transnet SOP as an interested partner. CePAS consists on the one hand of a counseling center for young people and families and on the other hand of a resource center for members of the school community, especially SePAS in the high schools.


Dr. Ulla Peters
Université du Luxemburg
Institut for Social Research and Interventions
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette

Katja Berg
Jugend- und Drogenhellef

In the blog you will find short texts on questions in the context of SOP. These can be practical experiences as well as references to research, new findings and interesting articles and books.

Ulla Peters

The reform of child and family welfare (AEF) and the protection of youth (PJ)


Eric Sulkers on SOP