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Foster children are highly vulnerable social group, mainly beca­use they are often exposed to the various types of violence. Literature is emphasizing higher prevalence of mental health diagnosis among the children from the child protection system, especially foster children, in comparison to general population of same age. Author stresses the different manners in which the approach based on risk jointly with tendention of medicalisation is used for management of inadequate beha­vior. Based on the concept of human rights and sociology of emotion and body, the paper defines basic principles for social workers. These principles of their work include: taking in consideration specific bac­kground of every child, understanding of deviant behavior, building of firm relations and respect for the opinion of every child.

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