Youth homes: okay to use force
Using force is acceptable in some situations, says the head of the national organisation of youth homes.
“Sometimes, you need to be forceful with the worst misbehaving young people who have the biggest problems,” said Geert Jørgensen.
Jørgensen pointed out, however, that there is a difference between using force and being violent with children.
His comments came a day before 12 employees of the Solhaven youth home were set to begin trial today for the violent abuse of residents, many of whom had psychological problems and who ended at Solhaven after other homes were unable to care for them.
Child advocacy groups have labelled the employees’ behaviour as “torture”.