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Dis-Interest of the Child: Romani Children in the Hungarian Child Protection System

11 December 2007

Dis-Interest of the Child: Romani Children in the Hungarian Child Protection System

This report explores concerns related to the over-representation of Romani children in state care, the role of ethnic identity in state care and adoption processes as well as the disproportionate categorisation of Romani children in state care as mentally disabled. The report is based on focus group discussions held with professionals in Hungarys 7 regions, as well as field research in conducted three counties and several Budapest districts, which included in-depth interviews with children living in childrens homes, professionals in child care and adoption and Romani families whose children were under special protection. While not based on a representative sample, Romani children accounted for 58% of the children living in the children's homes visited by the ERRC, while Romani children account for only 13% of the child population in Hungary. The report concludes with a series of detailed recommendations for the Hungarian government aimed at improving the situation of Roma vis-a-vis the Hungarian child protection system. The work undertake towards this report was groundbreaking in Europe and may serve as a model for other European countries.

The full text of the report is available in English and in Hungarian on the ERRC website.

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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