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Calls for child suicide cases to be investigated

As suicide among children and young adults rises, the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, Fredrik Malmberg, is demanding that the government legislate to require an investigation into every such case.

When children in need of protection die as a result of crime, the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare is already obliged to investigate how the authorities acted concerning the child, in order to reveal faults in the system.

Malmberg and pscyhologist Åsa Landberg co-author an opinion piece in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Saturday, in which they recommend expanding the state's investigative duty to include children who take their own lives.

Suicide among children and young adults has risen since the 1990s, even as it has declined for other age groups. According to a report by the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare, 124 people between the ages of 15 and 24 took their own lives every year, between 2009 and 2011. Five children under the age of 15 take their own lives every year.

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