Number of children taken away from families increasing


Hundreds of children are taken away from their families every year because of abuse and neglect and the number keeps increasing, according to an annual report on child protection by the Ministry of Social Affairs. The number of cases involving social workers has doubled in the past ten years. While in 2005, social workers were involved in 4000 cases, in 2014 the figures stood at nearly 8,500. Over 1200 children had to move to their relatives, children’s homes or foster parents in 2014.