Functioning Conditions of the Social Care Center for children with disabilities “Children’s Care Center of Lechaina”

Summary of Findings: Functioning Conditions of the Social Care Center for children with disabilities “Children’s Care Center of Lechaina”

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Τhe Greek Ombudsman has carried out an investigation into issues regarding the functioning of the Children’s Care Center of Lechaina, a Social Care Center for children with chronic diseases and/or serious disabilities and the care provided to these children. Several problems have been identified and an absence of institutional and substantive presuppositions for the implementation of the rights of children with disabilities.
According to the data collected (2009-2010), there is a significant shortage of services provided to the residents resulting from the lack of staff as well as from the nature of the institution. The residents are deprived of basic human rights and undergo discrimination and isolation. The above mentioned practices result in deficient care and systemic neglect of residents.

The Greek Ombudsman acting in the capacity of Children’s Ombudsman, having the institutional mission to protect and promote the children’s rights, considers absolutely necessary that the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity and its services should take significant, immediate and consistent action with an interdisciplinary approach and in the light of international and national principles of law.

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