Best for the children

Number 28507
Subject Child abuse
Source SVT (Sweden)
State
Year 2019
Publication Date January 9, 2019
Summary We revealed that at least 150 children have been abused in Sweden over the last three years, despite the fact that social services knew about their situation and should have been able to help them. Almost half of the children were children already in care, therefore even more vulnerable, where the social welfare service failed to act to help them, or acted in a way that increased their suffering. There are most probably many more children that have been abused, than the 150 we were able to detect. We were only able to survey the cases known to the Health and Social Care Inspectorate. But in our review we could reveal that 50 municipalities, one in six, have never reported any mistakes on serious misconduct concerning children. This is something that experts interpret as highly unlikely and a serious sign of underreporting.
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Keywords SVT, Sweden, child abuse, social services, welfare, Health and Social Care Inspectorate, misconduct
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