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Child Care Homes Fail on Safety

Published onsdag 4 februari 2009 kl 16.31
Karlsborgs child care home was in the news 2007 when some of its children went missing

Childrens’ care homes have come in for strong criticism from Swedish social services and local government.

A study shows that a third of the country’s 397 residential homes are seriously lacking in safety procedures. Some children have suffered bullying and even sexual attacks by either other children, or by adult relatives, although social services stress that this is not normally the case.

Åsa Börjesson, head of social services at the national Health and Welfare Authority says that often care homes fail to have proper safety routines, for example they fail to make sure that children on leave from the care home are actually met and cared for by a parent.

Now the care homes are to get better training for staff, will keep better records, and the children themselves will get more of a say in matters that affect them.

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