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Reports to Iceland Child Protection Agency Increase

The number of cases that are reported to the Government Agency for Child Protection in Iceland has increased significantly between years, by 21.9 percent. In Reykjavík the increase of reports during the first four months of 2009 measures 40 percent compared to the same period last year.

From an Icelandic playschool. The photo is unrelated to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

The majority of these reports, 48.1 percent, were in relation to risky behavior of children, that is, drug consumption, criminal activities, violence or poor school attendance, Morgunbladid reports.

In approximately 32 percent of these incidents, negligence of children was reported, that is, physical negligence, negligence in relation to the child’s studies, or emotional negligence.

The Child Protection Agency received the vast majority of these reports, 1,488, from police authorities.

According to the agency’s director Bragi Gudbrandsson, it’s too early to say whether the situation of children has worsened directly because of the economic crisis.

However, “We have repeatedly pointed out that there is reason to pay close attention to those who are vulnerable during such circumstances and especially children who may already be facing difficulties,” Gudbrandsson said, adding, “People have reacted positively to such requests and are involved in issues concerning their children.”

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