Skip to ContentSkip to Navigation
ResearchNieuwenhuis Institute for Educational ResearchResearch Highlights

Violence towards children in the Dutch child protection system after the Second World War

Violence towards children in the Dutch child protection system after the Second World War (SYY, EC).

Since 2010, SYY and EC have worked together in research projects funded by national inquiries into (sexual) abuse of children in care since the Second World War, i.e. the Deetman Commission about sexual abuse of minors in the Dutch Roman Catholic church (1945-2010), the Samson Commission about sexual abuse of minors in the Dutch child protection system (1945-2010), finished in 2012, and the De Winter Commission about violence towards minors in the Dutch child protection system (1945-2017), ongoing. Bakker (EC) has been asked to become a member of the Samson Commission and Dekker (EC) to become a member of the De Winter Commission. Several staff members (Bakker, EC, for the Deetman Commission; Dekker, EC, Timmerman and Grietens, SYY, for the Samson Commission, and Grietens, SYY, for the De Winter Commission) have been invited to conduct research (a project on the historical context of historic abuse of children in residential care and foster care, a project on sexual abuse of children and young people in residential care, two projects on children in foster care). Moreover, Dr. van Os, SYY, conducted an exploratory study on violence towards unaccompanied young minors for the De Winter Commission. The reports of these studies have high societal impact: for instance, based on the report by the Samson Commission, several policy measures and guidelines have been developed and implemented in practice in order to prevent sexual abuse of children growing up in out-of-home care. The projects have also led to scientific output (articles, chapters, conference papers) and to building an international network.

Last modified:23 November 2018 11.53 a.m.