It has been almost two years since reports from the intensive performance centre of the Swiss Gymnastics Association in Magglingen served as a wake-up call for the Swiss public. Under-age female athletes recounted stories of unsustainable training methods and psychological violence.
Almost two years have gone by since Parliament approved the bill to create an ombuds office for children’s rights. It is now time for the federal administration to act. By passing this legislation, Parliament acknowledged the void that was accurately described in the bill: despite the existence of at least 58 children’s rights organisations including seven cantonal ombuds offices as well as other such facilities at the local level, there remains a need for yet another ombuds office for children’s rights. How is this possible?
Media coverage of the war in Ukraine is everywhere. It includes the stories, destinies and traumas of its refugees, many of whom seek shelter with us here in Switzerland. Uprooted from their social and cultural structures and deprived of their livelihoods, refugees arrive in their host countries in a state of acute dependency. As a result, the risk of discrimination or even the criminal exploitation of these victims is indeed tremendous.
How do we support children, youth and their caregivers in challenging situations? As part of our series of posts on legal advice , we examine the specific case of a girl facing disciplinary action at school.
Example of legal advice: How we help Dilan* (age 9) find a caring home – free of violence and alcoholism
How do we provide support to children and youth who find themselves in challenging situations? In the context of our series of articles, we examine a specific example of a boy experiencing violence and alcoholism at home.