Erfurt (dpa/th) - According to qualified psychologist Katrin Gossow, the resumption of face-to-face teaching in schools and care in day-care centers after the corona pandemic has led to a reduction in the risk to children in Thuringia. "It is undisputed that the hard lockdown in the first year of the pandemic had a dramatic impact on the endangerment of children's well-being," said the head of the Institute for Family and Legal Psychology at TÜV Thuringia on Wednesday in Erfurt.
With the school and daycare closures, as well as short-time work and working from home, some parents were simply overwhelmed with childcare, says Gossow. This not only led to the neglect of the children, but in extreme cases even to psychological or physical abuse. In the opinion of the psychological experts, these are risk factors that have been known to child and youth protection for a long time.
Additional stress, combined with other risk factors, would increase the likelihood of sexual or physical violence against children. "We were able to make these observations again and again in our psychological reports during the pandemic." A lack of care offers from outside would have a direct impact on the well-being of the child. Schooling or childcare in day-care centers always has a positive effect.