Family and juvenile judges will themselves investigate how they have acted in the many out-of-home placements of, among other things, children of victims of the allowance affair. The judges want to know whether there were ‘blind spots’ in the out-of-home placements and in other ‘vulnerable cases’, says juvenile judge and chair of the national expert group youth judges Ellen van Kalveen in de Volkskrant. The Parliamentary Interrogation Committee on Childcare Allowance previously stated that judges in the allowance affair “followed the rules very hard” where it was not always necessary.
The juvenile court judges are now investigating nationally which cases can be characterized as vulnerable and which risks play a part, says Van Kalveen in the newspaper. The research their working methods will be done with experts and independent outsiders. The judges want to see whether they have paid too little attention to the interests of families who are “opposed to the system”. Earlier this month, administrative judges also concluded in a critical report on their own role in the childcare allowance affair that they have offered too little protection to parents suspected of benefit fraud.
Last week, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported that 1,115 children of those parents were placed out of their homes after the family ran into debt problems, for example. The out-of-home placement of 420 children is still ongoing. Last week, outgoing minister Sander Dekker (VVD, Legal Protection) wrote to the House that it is being examined whether these current cases could possibly be reconsidered.
Also read: First debts due to the Allowances affair, then child placed out of home
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