For several years, there has been a dialogue at national level about the difficulties of finding family homes. Here, patterns need to be broken to meet the challenges of today's family home care and create the future.

The Social Administration and the Foundation for Swedish Industrial Design together want to do something different for this societal challenge through a process that should include service design with a system and learning perspective and provide opportunities for officials in the city to co-create future family homes with actors from business, civil society and academia. A child and child rights perspective are the starting points where children in family homes, now adults who previously lived in family homes, and children outside the system should constitute focus and expertise in the effort. Likewise, those who today offer their homes as family homes and those who do not yet do so are involved in the effort. Also previous insights and experiences from a service design work with parents whose children are placed and the family homes will contribute with important input in the upcoming process.


Children should be given the conditions to live at home as far as possible. We know that if children can live at home with everyday support for the family, it is usually better for the family and the child. In cases where it is not possible for the child to live with his or her biological parents, the care needs to be of good quality and sustainable. Continuity and consensus on the best interests of the child is a prerequisite for achieving this.

By finding new ways to address the needs of family home care, with the child's best interests in focus, we can solve a major societal problem.

By working systems learning with system innovation, we activate the entire ecosystem around the issue and can more quickly approach the solutions - and engage at the right levels.


Together, we can find structures during and after the project to scale up learning in the administration in general and in the long run contribute to the surface and methods being populated by other officials and challenges.

SVID's and Helsingborg's common societal goal is for the society's various inhabitants and actors to work together in new ways to take care of all the city's children together, by trying systematic working methods with support from SVID's methodologies and tools for family home care within the city.

Impact target

Several future prototypes that we can test in 2023

Impact target

Insights into how we as a city can work with system innovation

Impact target

Increased collaboration with residents and associations

  • Driven by

    External, Research and development unit for social sustainability, The social administration

  • Challenge

    How do we promote mental and physical health among young people?

  • Category


  • Estimated budget

    1000000 kr

  • Sector

    Children and young people, Participation, Family home, Parents, Co-creation, Social sustainability

  • Partners

    The Renewal Lab, SVID


Name: Malin Kempengren
E-mail: malin.kempengren@helsingborg.se

Name: Pia Mcaleenan
E-mail: pia.mcaleenan@svid.se