Rotterdam to evict abusive parents

6th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Rotterdam has announced the introduction of a new policy to protect children who are being abused by their parents.

Up until now, the authorities have only incidentally imposed a restraining order which bars parents from entering their own homes. Compared to the traditional approach in which the child is placed in foster care, removing the parent instead has the advantage of causing minimal disruption to the child. The Rotterdam council says it will actively seek to use this type of restraining order as a complement to existing policies whenever possible.

In every classroom Rotterdam Alderman Hugo de Jonge said on Friday that the new restraining order is to be imposed more quickly when professionals, such as teachers or kindergarten staff, have serious suspicions that the safety of a child is at stake. Mr De Jonge has reached agreement with the police and the Public Prosecutor’s Office on the implementation of the new policy, which will take effect after summer.

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