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Foster kids still abused in Sweden: report

TT/The Local/dl · 31 Jan 2011, 10:05

Published: 31 Jan 2011 10:05 GMT+01:00

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Swedish municipalities admit that children placed in such institutions suffer to extent that "is not insignificant."

"Every instance of abuse is clearly a catastrophe," Sara Roxell, a project leader with the Swedish Association and Local Authorities (SALAR), told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

The newspaper has reviewed survey responses from municipalities included in a government restitution inquiry looking into measure to address past abuses suffered by children while in the care of the state.

Back in 2006, the government launched an investigation to shed light on widespread allegations of abuse suffered by Swedish youngsters while under the care of the state during the 20th century.

According to commission's findings, originally presented in January 2010, 61 percent of women and 42 percent of men were subjected to sexual abuse during their time in foster homes or orphanages.

In light of the original inquiry's findings, the government launched a new restitution inquiry to propose a process for admitting the state's past mistakes and making amends with those who suffered abuse.

The commission was also charged with examining whether those who suffered abuse ought to receive economic compensation and proposing measures to ensure that abuses aren't repeated.

The inquiry, which will present its findings to the government on February 10th, found that abuse at state institutions for children aren't a thing of the past, but continues to take place now.

According to the inquiry, Sweden still lacks procedures for preventing, discovering, and addressing both abuse and neglect, the newspaper writes.

"For me, this came like a bolt of lightning. We must be able to guarantee that the children we place aren't subject to abuse," Dario Espiga, the Social Democratic chair of the social resources committee with Gothenburg municipality, told the newspaper.

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Roxell wants municipalities to come up with measures to reduced the risk that children suffer from poor treatment while cared for at state institutions.

Follow-up and supervision of foster homes and institutions also needs to improve, she said.

"The social services aren't where the child is. Therefore regular visits to the homes in which they are placed are needed," said Roxell.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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12:05 January 31, 2011 by UScitizen
let's take a quote from another news article and change the word 'Roma' to 'foster children'. Like this:

"I think that they should ignore what has happened, it is history. I want the government to care about the foster children who are discriminated against now instead."

That's NOT right in this situation either.

And before anyone says anything about the US, yes, those same things happened in America. American indians were treated worse than the Roma, and blacks were subjected to sterilization in different experiments. We all have things to be ashamed of and the past needs to be brought out so that changes can be made.
12:53 January 31, 2011 by dammen
Abuse is across the board here in Sweden - even if there are laws, they are never enforced.

Animal abuse is rife especially as bestiality is legal - as long as this is the case, it is a very thin line to cross to abuse people, kids, Roma and everyone. It is total lack of respect for all living beings that cannot defend themselves.


"Sweden still lacks procedures for preventing, discovering, and addressing both abuse and neglect"

- is this because most people and especially the authorities turn a blind eye as this kind of thing does not happen in Sweden because have laws to prevent this! Some laws! There are procedures for this kind of thing but they are not followed.

This kind of situation does happen and will continue to happen until someone can be bothered to enforce the procedures that are already in place and not just ignore things and hope they go away. Or is this just another not my job attitude - talk to the person responsible
21:46 January 31, 2011 by europeman31
what is link of this report ?
23:19 January 31, 2011 by Swedemom
Don't you think this is ironic given the article in the local a few months ago where children were removed from their home because they were spanked and then placed in foster care. I don't see how this is better.
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