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In short

  • On Tuesday 15 June, a five-year-old boy disappeared from the residential care home (called HVB in Swedish) Prästgården in Hagfors, Sweden. Emergency services and police were alerted shortly before 07:00 CET. After a few hours, the boy was found drowned in a nearby stream and confirmed deceased at the hospital.
  • The residential care home Prästgården is a unit within Platea in Hagfors, Sweden. Platea is part of the Humana group.
  • Humana has launched its own Lex Sarah investigation, the Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) is investigating and prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into involuntary manslaughter.
  • On Friday 18 June, IVO decided to temporarily ban operations at Platea's two HVB homes in Hagfors, Prästgården and Södra Villan, while IVO's investigation is ongoing. IVO has decided that the remaining children must be relocated by 24 June.
  • As from Thursday 24 June at 15.00 CET, Platea's two care homes, Prästgården and Södra villan, are closed.
  • On Tuesday, 6 July, Humana submitted the Lex Sarah investigation to IVO. The investigation shows that shortcomings in the operations have probably contributed to the tragic course of events. Humana has therefore decided to close down Platea's HVB operations Prästgården and Södra villan with immediate effect, and to further develop and sharpen the follow-up of the Group's systematic quality work.

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