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ECtHR condemns the punishment of women living in poverty and the ‘rescuing’ of their children

This is a good read and begs the question: are social services taking some children into care too rashly and without making enough effort to support families? And with what consequences? Recommended read good for critical reflection with colleagues – thinking about the rights of the child and his or her parents.

Strasbourg Observers

By Valeska David

The recently delivered ECtHR judgment in Soares de Melo v. Portugal (application No.72850/14) conveys a strong message on childrearing responsibilities and child protection: families living in poverty (mostly led by women) cannot be punished for their deprivation and their children should not be ‘rescued’ from them. Instead, and because children are not the exclusive responsibility of parents, states must fulfill their supportive role and provide material and other forms of assistance to make family life possible.

Following a summary of the facts and the findings of the Court, I will first briefly contextualize the importance of such a message within the Council of Europe (CoE). Subsequently, I will highlight some of the main contributions explicitly and implicitly made by the judgment. Finally, I will conclude by taking the opportunity to suggest that the way forward requires the Court to be more attentive to the discrimination and stereotypes…

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