Compulsory social measures and placements

Until 1981, ten thousands of children, adolescents and adults were placed in homes, commercial or agricultural enterprises, or in secure institutions or even prisons. The placements were in most cases ordered by local authorities rather than courts. The victims often suffered physical and psychological violence, exploitation and sexual abuse. Women were sometimes required to undergo abortion or sterilisation procedures by force or without their consent. Compulsory adoptions were also common. Some children and adolescents in homes were used as subjects in drugs trials.

For decades, these measures and placements were rarely a topic of public discussion. The situation has now changed; the victims and other persons affected have finally found a sympathetic ear for their stories among the authorities and institutions involved.

In almost record time, a federal act on coming to terms with CSMP was drawn up and passed by both chambers of Parliament with clear majorities. The Federal Act on Compulsory Social Measures and Placements prior to 1981 (CSMPA) and the related ordinance came into force the 1 April 2017.

It is now time to reappraise the situation

We invite you to find out more about the history of this complex matter and its various aspects by reading the information on this website.

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