The Seimas Ombudsman has drawn the attention to the problems of care institutions for children in Alytus and Utena

3 November 2017 

A. NormantasAfter visiting care institutions for children in Alytus and Utena, the advisers of the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office drew their attention to the lack of personal hygiene items at the care homes, application of unproportioned disciplinary measures as well as worn out children clothes and shoes.

The advisers of the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office also noted that not all the institutions have registration log of the events of a negative nature or not all cases of such events are registered.

„In Alytus and Moletai care institutions for children as well as Child Support Centre of Visaginas the reduction or complete withdrawal of pocket money is still applied as a disciplinary measure. Moreover, in care institution for children of Antazavė children from the age of ten have to use their pocket money to purchase personal hygiene items,“ highlights the report of the Seimas Ombudsmen.

The Seimas Ombudsman Augustinas Normantas notes that the procedure for the application of disciplinary measures lacks a time frame for the use of them and does not meet the requirements of proportionality in all the visited care institutions for children of Alytus and Utena regions.

The advisers have also noticed that children in Antazavė and „Spengla“ care institutions for children as well Child Support Centre of Visaginas are not individually provided with bedding, towels. Furthermore, a centralised purchase of personal hygiene items in many visited institutions does not always match children’s individual needs, and children do not have an opportunity to express their opinions.

„Some hygiene items (toothbrushes) in Moletai and Alytus care institutions for children were worn out,“ states the report of the Seimas Ombudsmen.

The advisers of the Seimas Ombudsmen‘s Office and the adviser of Institution of the Ombudsman for Children Rights, who also participated in the monitoring visit to Alytus, Moletai and Antazave care institutions for children as well as Child Support Centre of Visaginas, highlighted that not all children were provided with proper conditions for doing homework.

The specialists have also noted that the efforts of „Spengla“ care institution for children and care institutions for children in Alytus and Molėtai to solve the issues of preventing smoking, establishing the fact of smoking as well as providing assistance to children were not efficient enough.

The Seimas Ombudsman A. Normantas in his recommendations to the heads of visited care institutions for children also recommended drawing the attention to the fact that there is not enough social care employees for work with disabled children, children with mspecial needs or emotional and behavioural difficulties. Moreover, he obliged the heads to inform the Seimas Ombudsman on their achievements in solving the identified problems.