Outrageous! The male ‘friends’ of our child protection systems.

Outrageous! The male ‘friends’ of our child protection systems.

A couple of months ago I met a group of care-leavers from Italy. Actually they were in Italy, but not all of them were Italians. The group included a Romanian young man, a girl from Bangladesh, a girl from Tunisia and several others. Two Italians were also part of the group.

For those who are not familiar with the child protection jargon, a care-leaver can be defined as an adult who spent time in care as a child. Usually this care is approved by the state through a court order or on a voluntary basis. It can range from a few months to as long as one’s whole childhood (18 years). Such care could be in foster care, residential care (mainly children’s homes), approved schools, industrial schools, institutions with a punitive element, etc. Read more about Outrageous! The male ‘friends’ of our child protection systems.