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More Help to Abuse Victims

Published torsdag 10 maj 2007 kl 12.59
Protesters calling on the head of Vetlanda social services to resign

Following recent criticism of Social Services in Sweden after high-profile child-abuse cases, the government wants the National Board of Health and Welfare to look into what help victims across the country get.

Public Health Minister Maria Larsson says there also needs to be some kind of quality directory to show what type of help is best for young people in different situations.

She points that out that nobody knows, for example, how many reports of abuse come in nationally every year and how many lead to investigations.

Social Services have come under the spotlight here recently after accusations that in two cases, workers in the small south-eastern town of Vetlanda didn’t do enough to protect young girls who were raped and abused by relatives.

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