All babies born to have digital files
12 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — All children born in the Netherlands from 2007 onwards will have an electronic file, it was announced on Monday.
12 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — All children born in the Netherlands from 2007 onwards will have an electronic file, it was announced on Monday.
Care agencies that come into contact with the child will have to record the child's progress.
Junior health minister Clémence Ross-van Dorp is spending EUR 25 million on the scheme which she hopes will help the child welfare services spot "problem families" at an early stage.
Youth care agencies in the Netherlands have come in for a lot of criticism in recent years for not stepping in early enough to protect children who are being abused by their parents.
In August two children, aged 2 and 4, were allegedly killed by their mother's boyfriend in the town of Tolbert. The victims' biological father had expressed concerns to child welfare officials about the safety of his children prior to the tragedy but nothing was done.
The deaths of the little girls Rowena Rikkers and Savanna are two other high-profile cases that have tarnished the image of the social services in the last few years.
Studies have suggested that problems within 'at risk' families are often not spotted until it is too late. Secondly, the various agencies involved with child welfare have been accused of not cooperating effectively.
Back in 2003 an official report first suggested the establishment of a national registration system for 'problem families'.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news