RIYADH – The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has found serious shortcomings at shelter homes and orphanages run by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
In a report submitted to the ministry, the NSHR said the number of shelter homes and orphanages was insufficient to meet rising demand. It also noted that the quality of accommodation and programs provided for residents was not satisfactory. The report pointed out a number of violations taking place at the centers.
NSHR officials monitoring the running of shelter homes have noticed an increased demand for such facilities from those seeking protection against violence, especially in the family.
The NSHR report said some shelter homes are in buildings that are in very bad condition and need immediate repair and maintenance. It called for moving residents housed in such building to other facilities.
The report also pointed out the perennial shortage of qualified professional staff. Supervisors, sociologists and psychologists are very few in number while healthcare services are not provided in most of these centers, the report said.
Most centers do not have suitable recreation facilities, and poor nutrition and low academic performance have also been noticed in some centers.