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Failed Child Services in Greece and Cyprus

From the investigative team: Six months ago, The Manifold, a team of five journalists in Greece and Cyprus, started looking into the failings of the two states in providing proper support for children who have suffered some form of abuse. The investigation went deeper into cases that made the news in both countries and traced the institutional faults that put the children involved in harm’s way or prolonged their abuse.

Through a thorough mapping of the maze of services involved with child protection, a study of the legal framework, and a collection of testimonies from experts, policymakers and survivors, a pattern of mismanagement, serious negligence, and structural deficiencies is revealed. Abusive children’s institutions, a lack of training, harsh treatment by judicial authorities and the police, and inadequate and disorganized social services are some of the problems that bear heavily on abused children. Lastly, the question is asked whether the current attempts to introduce a coherent child protection system are likely to succeed – and the findings are hopeful for Cyprus, but not exactly auspicious for Greece.

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