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Justice Ministry offers advice to Latvian parents in UK

Latvia's Justice Ministry on Thursday held a special press briefing along with the British ambassador to Latvia offering advice to Latvian parents taking or raising their kids in the UK.

The move follows controversies in which British social workers have taken Latvian children in care after noting neglect or other circumstances which saw parents fall foul of the law.

In some quarters that has led to accusations that the British social services are keen to "steal" Latvia children from their parents. 

An official infographic provided by the Justice Ministry contains advice such as suggesting parents have correct documents, should not be drunk while in charge of children, should not leave them for long periods on their own and suggests methods other than corporal punishment for disciplining children.

At the presentation of the guidelines Thursday, UK ambassador to Latvia Sarah Cowley said: "It is obviously a very important subject... Nothing is more important than protecting children... tackling and preventing child abuse is a top priority of the UK government."

"Children should live with their parents wherever possible... as a last resort children are removed from their families. This is not something done lightly, but if social workers feel a child is at risk it is something that can be done."

"I'm delighted that we are working together on these guidelines and look forward to future cooperation," Cowley said.


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