Getting parents involved in pupil follow-up

Systematic improvement of childhood services

“I’m wondering why nobody’s made this before. A user-friendly collaboration tool for adapted instruction, that also involves the parents in a positive way. We have seen very interesting results in a relatively short time,” says Inger Lise Bratteteig, a pedagogical adviser in the Municipality of Haugesund.

Haugesund is currently rolling out Conexus Stafettloggen city-wide, and the tool will also be implemented in NAV and upper secondary school. Conexus Stafettloggen paves the way for smoother interaction between services and more individual adaptation for children and youths who need special follow-up. The tool collects data from all parties and health and care services in one place, so that no information is lost in the transfer of responsibilities and services, or in the transition between health services, kindergarten or school.

Collaborative success

“We started using Conexus Stafettloggen in various pilot projects in 2013. In 2012, a survey initiated by the Norwegian Directorate of Health showed that 50 percent of respondents believed the municipality’s collaborative practices were poor. Two years later, and almost 100 percent believe our practices are good. We have broad support for the introduction of Conexus Stafettloggen, both among politicians and among management and staff. Our experiences with using the log have been very good. Even parents get involved and have a positive experience,” Bratteteig says.
Conexus Stafettloggen is used as a log for children and youths with various problems. In some cases, there are very many parties involved.

At-home measures are very effective

“The educational and psychological counselling service (PPT), kindergartens, schools, health clinic, physiotherapists, speech therapists, child welfare services and the paediatric and adolescent psychiatric service (BUP) all use Conexus Stafettloggen in their activities now. Soon, our primary care physicians will also implement the tool, and we plan to bring in both NAV and upper secondary schools. The brilliance of this log is that kindergartens and schools now have a tool where parents can get involved. We see that at-home measures are very effective. This includes vocabulary exercises, motor skill exercises, and socialisation with others, but also everyday practices, such as the child preparing their own lunch, or the parents getting involved with homework or accompanying the child to activities. Conexus Stafettloggen is just an amazing tool for interaction,” she says.

The municipality has dedicated web pages for Conexus Stafettloggen, and their user statistics indicate that these pages are popular. When there is broad support for the tool, results soon follow.

“We can already see a considerable effect on learning, and we have had several success stories.”

Long-term improvement

The list of positive ripple effects is long.

“In our day-to-day activities, we have a systematic and secure flow of information between services and agencies, especially during the transitional stage. One important effect of this is that we prevent children from falling through the cracks when they move. In the long run, I am convinced we will see reduced dropout rates from upper secondary school. This will have a long-term social benefit as well,” says Inger Lise Bratteteig.

Conexus started working with Haugesund and Tysvær early on in the development of Conexus Stafettloggen. The municipalities expressed their wishes and needs, and it would turn out to be the beginning of something great.

“We have an amazing collaboration with Conexus. I travel around and share our experiences, and in our region, several other municipalities are planning to implement this tool. Conexus Stafettloggen has considerable potential.