The Local 27 November 2016
Family First Comment: Well, this is interesting.
Sweden was the first country in the world to ban smacking. With a population of just on double NZ’s, they now have 32,000 kids in CYF care – an increase of 86% in 4 years. NZ has just over 5,000 in care.
Is this what we have to look forward to?
Ironically, it’s UNICEF who tells Sweden, “studies suggest that children are actually worse off after intervention…”
Duh! Introduce dumb laws – increase unwarranted intervention.
Children and young people placed in care by Swedish social services could be suffering as much harm as good, says a new report by children’s charity Unicef.
Knowledge of both the conditions of children in care and whether measures taken to help them have a positive effect is critically lacking, says the report.
Existing studies may in fact point to the opposite being the case – that intervention by social services is often detrimental to the well-being of the children.
“It is quite shocking that studies suggest that children are actually worse off after intervention and that more is not being done for the most vulnerable children in care,” Christina Heilborn, chief legal officer with Unicef, told Dagens Nyheter.
“[The placements] risk not least adversely affecting progress in school, which we see as the most important factor to take into consideration for vulnerable children,” Heilborn said to Dagens Nyheter.
“Giving the child more of a say in the decision and thereby more influence over his or her own situation is one potential area in which things could be improved,” Heilborn told the newspaper.