The studies reveal that many children with minority backgrounds experience shortcomings in cultural sensitivity and reactions against violence in the home.

This is particularly applicable to Child Welfare. There is too little knowledge about children who routinely experience violence, and about cultural and ethnic minority issues.

“Minority children can encounter extra problems, which are either overlooked or on get too much attention. It’s hard to achieve the right balance here. These can be children with a background as refugees for instance, and they will have additional and different needs than other children in similar situations,” says Sanne Hofman, who is a specialist in children’s rights and authored the report.

The children can find solutions

Hofman explains that research shows children often have insight regarding their own situation and they can propose solutions.

“As adults, we’re responsible for finding solutions that work in keeping with the wishes of the child. Strategies and measures for the protection of minority children who experience violence or are subjected to it will fail if we don’t pay attention to the child’s present life experience.”

“Children’s opinions about preventive measures and rehabilitation solutions need to be charted. What measures does this particular child need? Society has an obligation to protect children and this duty is the same no matter what ethnic group the child belongs to,” concludes Hofman.

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