The Child Protection Centres Present the Annual Statistics of 2016
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The Child Protection Centres Present the Annual Statistics of 2016

The centres worked on 10,608 cases

The network of child protection centres in 2016 consisted of 27 centres offering counselling and therapy for children, adolescents, and families as their main field of work. Apart from that, networking and public relations were crucial parts of their activities. The statistics show the data of 22 centres.

Contact between centres and clients

In 2016, 22 centres worked on 10,608 cases of which 6,797 were finished. Furthermore, they offered 2,908 counselling services via phone. In about half of the cases parents sought contact to the child protection centre on their own initiative or were recommended to go there by former clients or relatives. 23.46% were sent by social services or institutions such as youth welfare services, followed by schools and day care centres with 10.97%.

Reasons for seeking help

According to the counsellors, the main reason for seeking help were strained parent-child relationships or family situations as well as excessive demands. Another important reason were problems of the child or adolescent, e.g. displayed behavioural or developmental problems. In 2,600 cases child endangerment was named as a reason for counselling, especially sexual violence followed by signs of neglect and mental or physical mistreatment.

Despite the fact that according to statistics neglect is the most common form of endangerment, most of the assessments of endangerment in the child protection centres are found in the field of sexual violence. This emphasizes the expertise of the centres as specialist counselling centres for sexual violence. More facts and figures can be found here (German).