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Child Protection Service Employee Assaulted by Youths

An employee of the Icelandic Child Protection Services was assaulted in a treatment center in Skagafjördur fjord on Monday night; the director of Child Protection Services says employees are never to be left alone while on duty.


From Skagafjördur fjord. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Four male youths assaulted an employee on duty and locked him inside the center before stealing money and a car; they drove to Akureyri where they were arrested on Monday.

Bragi Gudbrandsson, the director of Child Protection Services, told the assault had been brutal and intentional. The four youths waited for the employee to be left alone, assaulted him and forced him to hand over the keys to a car belonging to the treatment center.

The employee was confined until the next day when a colleague came on duty.

Gudbrandsson told, the operational procedures of the treatment center will be reviewed and necessary actions taken; “Changes will be made. From now on staff members are never to be left on duty by themselves,” he told the RÚV news room yesterday at noon.

Similar cases have occurred in treatment centers for youth in the past, but the severity of the assault on Monday has not been seen before.

“The nature of the work being done in treatment centers promises no definite result. It is up to the youths to work through their problems. There is no way to prevent such an event in a treatment center,” Gudbrandsson told

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