Sunday, 23. November 2014
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German social workers have come under fire after they agreed to find a place in a home for a 15-year-old girl after she was grounded by her parents for smoking and staying out late with her 19-year-old boyfriend.
The shocking story happened when the girl, not named for legal reasons, from Vorpommern, a state in northern Germany, refused to accept she was not allowed out to meet her boyfriend or to smoke. She then complained to social workers who provided her with a place in a flat with other teenagers were she is allowed to smoke – and spend time with her boyfriend who is a long-distance lorry driver.
Social workers however have come under fire for agreeing to the girl's request in particular over the smoking, which is illegal in Germany until the age of 18.
The girl's parents said they had decided to try and curb her antisocial behaviour by stopping her going out with friends in the evening after discovering that she had also been taking money from siblings to pay for cigarettes.
An attempt by the girl's parents to sort the situation out failed when social workers refused to allow them access, saying the teenager needs to give her permission. In addition, social workers given the bill for the girls accommodation to her parents.
When asked for comment social workers declined to make a statement.
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