Children and family
The City of Malmö provides special courses for parents. At these courses, we discuss different views about what children need, about what rights and obligations actually mean in practice, and about what Swedish society can offer parents. These courses are mainly aimed at those who have arrived in Sweden as a family member of a refugee or an unaccompanied minor.
All children under the age of 6 years should have contact with a children’s healthcare centre (BVC). At the BVC, children receive health checks as well as vaccinations. At the BVC, you can receive advice about all aspects of your child’s development, and you can also join a parents' group. Once your child has been registered with the BVC, they will be called for appointments with a nurse, in accordance with the BVC's programme. You can also contact the BVC yourself, whenever you need to.
Part of the role of the BVC staff is to provide support to parents. They also work together with other specialists, and have contact with preschools and schools. All staff at a BVC are bound by a duty of confidentiality, and they can also book an interpreter for you if you need one. You are entitled to be helped by an interpreter, and this service is free of charge.
All visits to the BVC are voluntary, and there is no charge. You can choose your BVC by completing and signing a form, which can be collected from and returned to the BVC. You can also find this form on the 1177 Vårdguiden website.
Please note! If your child is ill, you must go to a regular healthcare centre, and not the BVC.
At a family centre, your child can play in an inclusive setting, while you will also have the opportunity to meet other adults. Family centres provide parents and parents-to-be with strength and inspiration. You can always contact the family centres if you have any questions, or if you would just like to talk for a while. The staff there will help to reinforce your and your family's positive experiences.
You can attend the family centre if your child is aged between 0 and 6 years. There is no charge. Some family centres incorporate an open preschool, child healthcare, midwifery clinics and a social advice service. Some have an open preschool, child healthcare and social advice services, but have close contact with a midwifery clinic.
BUP provides psychiatric support for children and adolescents aged below 18 years, as well as supporting parents of children aged up to 18 years. BUP meets with children and adolescents who need help as a result of their mental health. The staff at BUP includes psychologists, counsellors and doctors. Most of those who work at BUP are also qualified psychotherapists. A psychotherapist attempts to help people to feel better by means of talking, and sometimes also by involving play, exercise or other methods. A child/adolescent can visit BUP by themselves or together with their parents.
How to get help from BUP
If you are contacting BUP Skåne for the first time, you should first call En väg in. You will be provided with guidance and advice, and if necessary an appointment can be made at one of our centres. Adults who are worried about a child or adolescent who is experiencing problems with their mental health can also contact BUP.
Telephone: 020-51 20 20
Telephone hours: Weekdays 8.00–16.30
BUP emergency centre: Cronqvists gata, Entrance 130
Doctors at local healthcare centre, nurses, counsellors and psychologists can also send referrals to BUP.
BUP also has a special team that helps children and adolescents who experience problems with their mental health as a consequence of war or torture. People who have experienced difficult situations – even if they are now safe from danger – may develop one or more of the following reactions:
- Difficulties concentrating
- Sleeping problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Reliving the events, over and over again
- Anger and anxiety
- Involuntary urination, at night or during the day
- Sensitivity to noise
- Problems spending time with friends
- Heart palpitations
- Nausea and breathing difficulties
- Pains in the body
Children are usually called to visit the dentist at the age of 2–3 years. Children and young adults are offered regular dental care until December of the year of their 23rd birthday. The dental practice will make their own assessment of how often the child will be called for a check-up. Children and young adults receive almost all the dental care they need without charge.
If your child has problems with their teeth, or if you want them to go for an examination, you can make an appointment with the dental practice. You can decide whether you prefer to go to a private dentist or the public dental service (Folktandvården). If you don't actively choose a particular dentist, you will be called to the dental practice that is responsible for patients in the area where you live.
If you are not able to attend an appointment, it is important that you cancel the appointment plenty of time in advance in order to avoid paying a charge.
- For emergency dental care at the weekend, call 0771-160 170.
- At other times, you can call the healthcare telephone advice line on 1177.
Advice over the phone
Telephone: 040-34 35 55
Telephone hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 13.00-15.00.
Reception – contact
Telephone: 040-34 19 94
Telephone hours: Monday–Friday 08.00-12.00 and 13.00–16.00.
Reception – visits
Address: Föreningsgatan 7B, floor 3
Visiting hours: Monday–Friday 09.00–12.00 and 13.00-15.00.