Foster father jailed for raping two children

A 61-year-old foster father from the Stockholm area has been sentenced to eight years in prison   for raping two young children who had been placed temporarily in his care. In addition to various forms of sexual abuse of the children, then aged four and six-years-old, the man was also convicted of aggravated child pornography offenses.

The two children have the right to 375,000 SEK in compensation.

News agency TT reports that since the abuse came to light, many people have expressed outrage that the 61-year-old had provided temporary foster care in his home for 20 years.

However, writing in today's Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, Maria Fälth, Christian Democrat chairperson of social and elderly care in Upplands Väsby, and Barbro Johansson, head of social services in the municipality of Väsby, say that an external audit shows that the municipality did not fail in following laws, regulations and guidelines.

The pair do say that they will be tightening procedures in Väsby and urge other municipalities in Sweden to do the same. They write that while Social Services has a statutory duty to maintain close contact with children placed in foster homes, it is of equal importance to maintain close contact with children placed in temporary foster homes.

They also say that approved family foster homes should be regularly examined, perhaps every other year.

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