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Abuses against children at Swedish orphanage Oasen (TV clip)

Tonight they showed a feature on children being victimised by staff at one of Sweden’s biggest orphanages – Barnhemmet Oasen. For the next month it can be found on the TV 4 webpage with English subtitles: http://www.tv4play.se/program/kalla-fakta?video_id=2296617

I’ve personally touched a bit on this orphanage in my own international reporting and had planned to make a major expose, talking to parents of children who had been placed there etc, but never had the resources at my disposal to follow through with this. Almost a bit surprised that they cover it this extensively, and with English subtitles no less. Yet what was shown there was only the tip of the iceberg. Children who are placed at this orphanage and others like it can expect a hellish time, and rarely are they placed for good reasons.

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Swedish Child Welfare – Tough With the Gentle, Gentle With the Tough

Through an unexpected string of events, Swedish child welfare has recently become a hot topic internationally, with no fewer than three other countries involved in highly publicized child welfare controversies. But first, let’s start off with a domestic matter – vanvårdsutredningen, “The abuse investigation” in English, the inquiry into the excesses children in Swedish foster care had to endure during the mid 20th century, and the financial compensation the victims who suffered this abuse were looking forward to.

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Social inheritance: Does it really dictate your life?

There’s a saying in Sweden that goes “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and this is usually believed to apply to one’s lot in life too. There’s no general belief in the ability of the aspiring individual to through his own effort leave his background behind and climb the social ladder, or to successfully pursue his goals. Instead it has to be the government that enables this class journey, and for it to raise you up, it has to have faith in you in person.

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Government – an infantile parent; data from researchers on the matter

Here I will present a number of interesting quotes and statistics from the evaluation of the Swedish social services. Since this is a topic that could potentially stretch a whole lot longer length than an ordinary blog post, I will limit myself to a single man whose research, even though he’s apparently an ardent believer in the social welfare state, nevertheless has highlighted its many shortcomings. If this data is of interest, there may be follow-ups later on.

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