Hundreds of cases of educational misconduct in NRW daycare centers (symbolic image)
Christian Charisius/ DPA
The number of reports of violence in day-care centers has skyrocketed in North Rhine-Westphalia in recent years.
As the "Neue Westfälische" published in Bielefeld reported, the numbers of physical violence, educational misconduct and sexual violence have doubled and in some cases almost tripled.
The statistics of the state youth welfare offices show a particularly striking increase in the Rhineland: in 2018 the state youth welfare office responsible here recorded 34 cases of educational misconduct, in 2020 there were already 120. This number almost doubled in the following year to 222 cases, as the newspaper further reported.
There has also been a sharp increase in physical assault and physical violence: from 42 cases in 2018, the number of reports in the pandemic has risen steadily – to more than twice as many cases in 2021. In the case of sexual assault, the number of cases is 38 cases increased to 76 in 2018 in 2021.
Fewer cases in rural areas
In the more rural region of Westphalia-Lippe, fewer cases are recorded, but according to the report, a sharp increase can also be observed here.
In the case of “inappropriate parenting behavior”, as the responsible state youth welfare office puts it, the reports almost doubled from 2019 (33 cases) to 2021 (62 cases).
The number of corporal punishments - such as beatings, pushing, but also rough handling - rose from 22 to 54. Reports of sexual assault rose from 16 to 29.
According to "Neue Westfälische", spokesmen for both state youth welfare offices attribute the increase to increased awareness among parents, educators and carriers.
This also has to do with a campaign for protection against violence that both offices carried out in 2020.
Humiliation, degradation, physical and sexual assaults must be reported to day-care centers as soon as they are suspected.