Halle (dpa/sa) - Last year, the youth welfare offices in Saxony-Anhalt reported a total of around 5,000 procedures to assess a possible threat to the welfare of children. That is about 300 more than in 2020, said the State Statistical Office in Halle on Wednesday. The number is the highest since the survey began (2012).
When assessing the procedures, the authorities identified around 700 cases as acute and around 600 cases as latent endangerment to the welfare of the child. In almost three quarters of the cases, however, the suspicion was not confirmed.
According to the information, children in the first year of life were most frequently affected. Just over half of all children and young people at risk were younger than seven at the start of the procedure. The youth welfare offices reported most frequently initiated procedures in Halle, Magdeburg and in the Mansfeld-Südharz district. In the district of Jerichower Land, the fewest procedures for assessing the best interests of the child were carried out (13 procedures).