Romani Children and the Hungarian Child Protection System


Date of publication:  01 Jan 2007 Authors:  Maria Nemenyi Publisher:  European Roma Rights Center Publication type:  Newsletter / Review / Bulletin

The authors of the present study refrain from calling the discriminating procedures with respect to the treatment of Romani children “racist”, since it is not assumed here that anti-Gypsy attitudes of the professionals providing care services should primarily be held responsible for the emergence of differences that put Romani children in a disadvantaged position. Instead, we think that it is the social climate and the deeply engrained set of ideas about Roma prevailing in public opinion, accounted for in several national studies and public opinion polls, which engender the conditions and the implicit structure and mechanisms preventing this important institution of child protection from treating its clients, regarding of their ethnic origin, without any bias.

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