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  • April 23, 2003: An recomendation to introduce Boot camps for juveniles in Denmark <Ref>Bootcamps for kriminelle unge, by Thomas Klint, The Danish association of social workers, April 23 - 2003 Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • November 10, 2006: A single continuation school lost about 33% of its students. The director complained the fact that most teenagers don't realize that the continuation schools which have a cultural background as Reform schools mean living with a "cell-mate" in the same toom all day long <Ref>Efterskole mister 51 elever (Continuation school loses 51 teenagers), by Søren Lintrup Silkjær, Jydske Vestkysten Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • May 29, 2007: Lack of education do often result in use of force against youth <Ref>Bruger for ofte magt mod anbragte børn, Restraints used too often against children in placement, by Morten Uhrenholdt, Denmarks Radio, May 29 - 2007 Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • June 1, 2007: Children molest children. At least every 14 days a child is sexual molested by another child placed in a facility. 71 known cases were reported in 2006. 13 percent of the children, who had been molested had received some kind for payment for their services <Ref>Børn krænker børn, Døgninstitutioner plages af seksuelt misbrug, hvor børn krænker andre børn, Children molest Children, by Martin Kjær Jensen, Metroxpress, June 1 2007 Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • June 21, 2007: Riot at Sofiedal near the town of Tinglev <Ref>Unge amok på døgninstitution, Riot at youth home, by Holger Madsen, Denmarks Radio, June 21 - 2007 Dk8.GIF</Ref>. The 6 staff members could not prevent the 12 to 14 teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age from trashing the place. The police were called in and the teenagers were returned the facility after spending a night in police custody.
  • August 6, 2007: Our secure facilities are a disgrace (From the Danish Radio Station DR - in Danish). The chairman of the Danish Social Education Worker on Sealand - Jan Vium criticizes the standard at Stevnsfortet and Bakkegaarden - two of our secure facilities <Ref>Sikrede institutioner er en skamplet, secure facilities are a disgrace, by Marianne Nielsen, Denmarks Radio, august 6 - 2007 Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • February 24, 2008: "Send criminal youth to the contination schools". Hanne Bjerregaard urges the contination schools to take increased social responsability. Too many at-risk youth are sent to special facilities instead of the normal punishment for youth - the contination schools. That makes it too expensive for the society and it does not benefit the children. <Ref>De unge skal på efterskole, youth should be sent to contination schools, by Hanne Bjerregaard, Jyllandsposten, february 24 2008 Dk8.GIF</Ref>
  • May 23, 2008: Some months ago parents and students at some public school protested due to declined of the standard in public school. Over the year increased budgetcuts have meant poor study material. Some maps do even have a divided Germany on. Two students aged 12 and 13 were called into an hour-long interview involving threats about their involvement in the protests. This interview was done without the children being able to inform their parents, which is normal if underaged are suspected to have partipated in criminal acitivities, but the children did not receive this counseling in this case <Ref>Timelangt forhør af skoleelever (Hour-long interview of studens), Dagbladet - Roskilde Online, May 23 2008 Dk8.GIF</Ref>.
  • July 7, 2008: Related to the critic of the companies surrunding the facilities founded by Soren Lynge - creater of dreamcenter.dk it was releaved that the oversight of the facilities in Denmark has been cut by 30%. Politicians calls for a central committee to secure the safety of the detained teenagers in Denmark <Ref>Vil straffe kommuner for tilsynssvigt (Wants to punish local authorities for failure of supervising the facilities), Denmarks Radio Dk8.GIF</ref>.
  • January 26, 2009: Parents, who have immigrated to Denmark and have little understanding for the highly developed Danish youth culture are seeking strict orthodox Christian Continuation school <Ref>Gudløshed skræmmer mere end tro, by Jeppe Bangsgaard og Bodil Jessen og Christian Nørr, Berlingske Tidende, January 26 2009</Ref>. The number of teenagers placed at these school seemed to have been increased since the Danish government took action against re-education stays in the originally homeland. For a number of years the association of Continuation Schools have tried to target this parentgroup with an offer to detain their children and keep them "safe" from the challenging parts of the normal youth culture <Ref>Efterskolen kan give unge indvandrere kørekort til livet, by Maria Bendix Olsen, Kristeligt Dagblad, May 1 2007</Ref>.
  • May 16, 2009: There are positive news regarding the Continuation Schools. Higher prices will properly rescue many teenagers from being banished from their home <Ref>Stigende efterskole-priser skaber ulighed, by Morten Mikkelsen, Kristeligt Dagblad, May 16 2009</Ref>
  • May 30, 2009: Former clients of the child welfare system demands an apology from the governments over missing regulation and control of the group homes <Ref>Børnehjemsbørn kræver undskyldning fra staten, Politiken, May 30, 2009</Ref>
  • June 10, 2009: Just one boy costs 6 million DKK in placement costs per year <ref>Dreng koster seks mio. kr. om året, by Bente Lembo, Nordjyske.dk, June 10, 2009</ref>
  • September 22, 2009: A report revealed that children who have been placed outside the home at boarding schools, group homes or in foster care have a greater chance to end up in jail as adult <Ref>Fængsler fyldt med tidligere anbragte børn, Berlingske Tidende, September 22 2009</Ref>
  • October 4, 2009: The government announce that they intend to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 14 years <Ref>K: Sænk kriminel lavalder til 14 år, by Jacob Gyldenløve, Danmarks Radio, October 4, 2009</Ref>
  • October 12, 2009: An essay published in the newspaper Information state that the age of criminal responsibility doesn't matter. The present system turns at-risk youth into criminal and it has been so for at least 100 years <Ref>Man straffer da vel børn?, by Beth Grothe Nielsen, Information, October 12, 2009</Ref>
  • November 2, 2009: From Jutland it is reported that an increasing number of parents are ready to give up parenting before time because they can not handle their kids <ref>Forældre magter ikke deres teenagere, by Claes Holtzmann Senger Og Anne Dorthe Holm, Jydske Vestkysten, November 2, 2009</ref>