Caretaker at Jelgava City Orphanage fined for violence against children

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Latvia's child protection authorities have fined a social worker at the Jelgava City Orphanage €210 for abusing a child, reported Latvian Radio on May 25.

The employee in question had hit a child's hands, pulled him or her by the hair and force fed the child, said Inga Krastiņa, a representative of the Child Protection Inspectorate.

Previously LTV7 reported that the maximum punishment for mistreatment and even physical abuse of children at orphanages is a €250 fine. The orphanage is free to decide whether to fire or keep the employees after such violations are discovered.

Experts sent to examine the Jelgava City Orphanage for the upcoming deinstitutionalization project alleged witnessing several episodes of abusive behavior of the staff against the children staying there. 

The inspectorate has started three cases, of which one has since been closed, in light of the findings.

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