Committee on the Rights of the Child: Sweden

Session 068 (2015)

(4 February 2015, CRC/C/SWE/CO/4 Advance Unedited Version, Concluding observations on fourth report, paras. 25 and 26)

"The Committee is seriously concerned about the practice of solitary confinement of children in conflict with the law in remand prisons and police cells and the high number of children in the latter, as well as about the coercive and involuntary treatments infringed on children with disabilities in mental health care settings, in particular the use of straps or belts for up to two hours, and of seclusion.

"With reference to the Committee’s general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment and to general comment No. 13 (2011) on the right of the child to freedom from all forms of violence, the Committee urges the State party to:

a) immediately remove all children from solitary confinement, and revise its legislation to prohibit the use of solitary confinement in all circumstances;

b) fully legally ban the use of straps or belts as well as of seclusion in mental health care settings and in any other institution; 

c) ensure that children in all care institutions have access to an independent complaints mechanism, that the conditions in these institutions are regularly and effectively monitored, and that reports of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detained children are promptly and impartially investigated ;

d) provide training to medical and non-medical staff on methods of non-violent and non-coercive care; and

e) unify the reporting mechanisms of the police concerning children detained in police cells."

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Session 051 (2009)

(26 June 2009, CRC/C/SWE/CO/4, Concluding observations on fourth report, para. 39)

"The Committee recommends that the State Party continue and strengthen its efforts to provide adequate assistance to children who are victims of child abuse, including through: ...

f) public awareness-raising and education campaigns on the negative consequences of ill-treatment and preventive programmes, including family development programmes, promoting positive, non-violent forms of discipline."

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