At another group home a 15 year old girl was isolated in a cottage with a counselor. They had sex and the counselor received 60 days in jail. The evidence was a confession the girl had taped and sperm the girl had sampled from herself. The 60 days illustrate how the authorities look upon children from underprivileged children in foster care.
At Solhaven the employees used force to control the teenagers. They accept that and the question in the trial was whether this use of force was illegal. The court found that it was an acceptable use of force. They also forced the teenagers to remain sitting on a wooden chair for many hours.
In relationship with the closure the local community lost 250 jobs. Basically there are not that many jobs to get in that area so the authorities who were given the task to supervise the facility had to balance the security and welfare of the children against the number of possible jobs in the local community.
Why did the case then get to the court when they so to say were protected by the local authorities? A number of policemen were issues a lot of gifts but fortunately for the children not every police officer were on the gift-list and it created jealousy at the police station. Some years ago the entire Danish police were undergoing a restructure which placed new officers in charge of the area. Officers not on the gift-list and not prepared to receive things in exchange for looking at another direction when problems with Solhaven occurred.
It started the case. It closed Solhaven. 250 people lost their jobs. Of course now where they were acquitted their lawyers have been harassing witnesses using the Diamond Ranch Academy method. They want to open again. The question is: Can they be monitored thorough so no foster children are put in harms way?
We don’t believe so. We will continue to watch them and alarm the authorities in Copenhagen so the local authorities in the community cannot protect the management.