Problem children receive inadequate protection

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The Inspectorate for Youth Care says institutes should decide if a child is allowed to return home and monitor them closely to prevent future abuse.

28 October 2008

THE NETHERLANDS – The Inspectorate for Youth Care has attacked the Council for Child Protection and the Bureau for Child Care for the lack of protection given to children from problem families.

In a report, the Inspectorate says children from problem families are still receiving inadequate protection.

Currently, a family guardian determines when a child removed from a home can return. The Inspectorate says such a decision should always be checked by the Council for Child Protection. It also says that children returned to a problem family should be more closely monitored, so that any resumption of ill treatment or abuse can be spotted more quickly.

The report goes on to say that the situation for children at risk has not improved since the death of Savanna in 2004. Savanna was a toddler who died after being mistreated by her mother and stepfather.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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