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Forms, Impact and Consequences of Violence against Children in Romanian Child Protection Settings

Human Rights for Children and Youth

ISBN: 978-1-78973-048-7, eISBN: 978-1-78973-047-0

Publication date: 7 October 2019


Since the reforms started in the Romanian child protection, and in spite of adopting children’s rights, and investing in the professionalization of the child protection staff, research has indicated that children continue to suffer violence in care settings.

This chapter contributes to the literature that documents children’s rights violations in Romanian residential care, before and after the political shift in 1989, including the period after the accession to the EU, by presenting and discussing interview data of 48 adults who spent parts of their childhoods in child protection settings.

The conceptual framework of this analysis is based on the human rights perspective and the transitional justice. The main body of the article presents the testimonials of adults who grew up in institutional care in Romania, as collected in the framework of the SASCA project, funded by the European Union. 1




The data for this chapter are based on the project ‘Support to adult survivors of child abuse and neglect’ (SASCA, The project was funded by the European Commission, and coordinated by Artemisia Association. The project is based on a partnership in four countries: Italy, Greece, Ireland and Romania. The project is in line with its specific objectives to facilitate the effective access to justice for all victims of violence, including promotion and support, and compensation for the victims. Retrieved from


Roth, M., Antal, I., Dávid-Kacsó, Á. and László, É. (2019), "Forms, Impact and Consequences of Violence against Children in Romanian Child Protection Settings", Human Rights for Children and Youth (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, Vol. 24), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 99-131.



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