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Bureaucracy in the way of child support
Luxembourg

Bureaucracy in the way of child support

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg's green party wants a review of child support facilities, saying that bureaucracy and inefficient structures are failing children in need.

(CS) Luxembourg's green party wants a review of child support facilities, saying that bureaucracy and inefficient structures are failing children in need.

One of the main points of criticism was directed at the Office national de l'enfance (ONE), in charge of approving applications for support made by social workers and other institutions working on the ground.

The president of the ONE needs to personally approve every demand made, a position of too much power, according to Gréng deputy Josée Lorsché. Complicated application forms provided additional difficulty making spontaneous, urgent and innovative support impossible.

Reducing the power of the ONE is therefore one of the party's demands, together with putting down clear guidelines for data protection.

While the youth tribunal operates under a decree of professional secrecy, social workers are sometimes forced to relate personal information on minors to the ONE in order to secure funding for support measures. Déi Gréng question why some acting parties are allowed the privilege of secrecy while others aren't.

Furthermore, the party wants a thorough review of administrative practices in the youth sector, to streamline and simplify processes to best serve those in need.

A review of the financing of families' and children's social benefits was also necessary according to Lorsché, as many institutions were underfunded and employees unsure about the future of their roles.

The 2008 law, introduced to help children and families, was a washout according to Lorsché, who said that around 2,000 children in Luxembourg are living under dramatic conditions, such as poverty, neglect, or physical and psychological violence.