Czechoslovakia: A Survey of Economic and Social Conditions

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XVII
CHILD WELFARE

DR. JAROSLAV JANOVSKÝ, SECRETARY IN THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL WELFARE

The Czechoslovak Republic is one of the succession States of the former Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. That explains why the organization of child welfare institutions in the Republic is substantially a continu­ ation of the legal status established by the laws for­ merly in force in Austria-Hungary. In this depart­ ment of public administration, as in others, the laws of former Austria are still largely in force in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia, while the laws of former Hun­ gary prevail in Slovakia and Carpathian Russia. A comprehensive general law for the protection of chil­ dren, such as England, France and Belgium have enacted, is not to be found among the statutes of either Austria or Hungary. Provisions for the pro­ tection of children in our country have been incorpo­ rated gradually in the laws regulating the various departments of public life. The historical develop­ ment of child welfare policies, and of the policy of social welfare in general, can be clearly traced in these successive Acts. As the idea gained ground that the protection of the destitute or dependent mem­

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