The Public Defender of Rights

Protection of Persons Restricted in their Freedom

Social Care Institutions

Social services facilities are facilities that provide any of the social services within Act No. 108/2006 Coll., on Social Services, as amended. The Defender makes systematic visits to residential social services facilities since dependence on the care provided de facto leads to the restriction of freedom of the recipients of services.

Visits are made in particular to homes for persons with disabilities, homes for elderly people and homes with special regime. In some homes for persons with disabilities, children with ordered institutional education can be found too. The Defender assesses the treatment of patients living in social services facilities in a different way that the treatment in “detention only” places (prisons, police cells, etc.). Ill-treatment may consist in infringing rights guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, international conventions, and the Social Services Act, in failing to respect ethical principles, in the absence of respect for human dignity or undesirable strengthening of dependence of the care provided. However, the Defender is not entitled to deal with individual complaints about the care provided, regardless of the character of the promoter of services (with the exception of the exercise of institutional education).

Visits and activities in 2013

Visits and activities in 2009

Visits and activities in 2008

Visits and activities in 2007

Visits and activities in 2006

Visited social care institutions

Map of already visited social care institutions

Reports from visits of social care institutions

 Report on visits to retirement homes and special regime homes (2015) (751.2 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

 Report on visit to the social services and healthcare facility Letiny (2013) (589.6 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

 Report on visits to homes for the disabled (October 2009) (1.3 MB, Adobe Acrobat document)

 Follow-up visits to homes for elderly (November 2008) - summary (335.9 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

Themed Visits to Homes for the Elderly (October 2008) - summary

Other documents

 Protection of Rights of Elderly People in Institutions, with an Emphasis on People Suffering from Dementia (631.6 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

 Visiting of facilities for people with dementia – practice of the Czech NPM (answers for SPT) (66.4 kB, Adobe Acrobat document)

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