Göran Harnesk

Not Telling Parents About Kids’ Problems

Youngsters in vulnerable family situations should have the possibility of seeking psychiatric help without their parents being informed.

The organisation, Bris, Children’s Rights in Society, backs this request up with a study based on the analysis of hundreds of emails and phone calls to the child support service.

Bris says that there is a group of teenagers, mostly girls, who do not get the psychiatric help they require because they cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Today, parents are offered the chance to participate in treatment sessions and are told what their children said.

Penning a joint article in the newspaper ”Dagens Nyheter” Bris Secretary-General Göran Harnesk and the author of the study, Karin Johansson, argue that youth psychiatry services should be able to ensure greater confidentiality by leaning towards the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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