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Child Welfare Expert: Too Many Children Live In Poverty


JNN News, January 11, 2019


Israel’s leaders frequently say that the nation’s children are the future and that nothing is more important, but the state doesn’t do enough to give credence to such claims, Vered Windman, head of the legal department of the National Council for the Child, declared on Mon. 7 Jan. 2019. Her frustration was expressed following the presentation to President Reuven Rivlin of the annual statistical report on children in Israel. Speaking at the President’s residence, Windman said that the state has failed to close social gaps, and that more than 300,000 children in Israel are at risk. “Over the past year”, she continued, “there was a 50% increase in the number of cases of abuse and neglect that were confided to social workers. During the 19 years in which I have been associated with the NCC, budgets for child welfare have been limited by bureaucracy and various national priorities, and there were never sufficient funds for child welfare projects which were invariably given low priority", she said. “As is the unfortunate case every year, there is a very high ratio of children living in poverty. Of the three million children living in Israel, 865,00 are living below the poverty line, and two out of every three haredi and Arab children are living in poverty. Moreover, 340,000 children from low socio-economic backgrounds are directly at risk in terms of neglect and abuse, especially sexual abuse of which there has been a significant increase over the past year,” said Windman. (J.Post)


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