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In 2021, there was an 8% increase in the number of general reports, a 7% increase for physical abuse of teenagers and children and a 6% increase in the number of vulnerabilities within the family.
This is according to the report of the chief attorney for the Youth Law for 2021 of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security.
This is the year of the exit from the Corona crisis, during which the educational frameworks existed in a limited or digital way.
This year, 59,533 inquiries and reports were received on suspicion of abuse, harm or neglect, which indicate a need for the intervention of the welfare services.
As mentioned, there is an increase of 8% in relation to the number of reports in 2020. Out of all referrals, 52% of the victims are boys (30,900) compared to 48% girls (28,495).
59,533 applications for suspected abuse, harm or neglect (Photo: ShutterStock)
777 reports dealt with the addiction of minors - a slight increase from 2020, when the number of reports on this subject was 757. About 1,012 reports were about youth involved in crimes - a sharp increase of 91% from 2020, when only 530 such cases were reported.
According to the estimates of the professionals, the source of the sharp increase is the low number of reports in 2020, which resulted from the closures and the prolonged stay inside the houses.
On the other hand, there was a 4% decrease in reports of suicidal statements or suicidal attempts.
The report shows that there was a 6% increase in the number of reports received on suspicion that an offense had been committed against minors in which the perpetrator is within the family: from 28,439 cases in 2020 to 30,348 cases in 2021. There was also a 2.5% increase in the number of reports of suspected abuse between Brothers - from 1,889 cases in 2020 to 1,938 cases in 2021. Complaints about sexual abuse of minors are also on the rise: 5,866 reports in 2021 were about sexual abuse of minors, a 6.5% increase compared to 2020 when 5,491 reports were received.
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From 530 to 1,012 reports on youth involved in crimes (Photo: Reuven Castro)
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Minister of Welfare and Social Security Ya'akov Margi said that "this report, together with the poverty and food insecurity reports that were presented to me, form the basis of my work in the coming year. Harming children and youth is harming the future of the country and its resilience. This phenomenon requires in-depth consideration and a succession of torturers social, therapeutic and educational. This report is a road map for me to develop services for children and teenagers who are dealing with risky situations.
In the coming months, the professionals are expected to put on my desk a comprehensive plan for the care of children and teenagers at risk, which I will bring to the government."
Acting Director General of the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, Yanon Aharoni, said that "We are in a period of development of advanced services for the care of children and youth at risk, both in child and youth boarding schools, both under the auspices of the youth and in the community.
The professionals in the office work day and night in developing new ways to deal with the phenomenon, but the best way to deal with it is simply to prevent it.
The ministry has set the field of prevention as a strategic goal, and I believe that in the coming years we will see the expression of this in the field."
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