Tens of Thousands of Kids Abused and Neglected

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A significant number of Finnish children and youth are growing up in environments that endanger their development.

This is according to a new book published by the medical society Duodecim, which was researched and written by experts across medical and sociological professions.

Kids in danger are frequently victims of abuse or neglect. According to the book, tens of thousands of minors are treated poorly at home. Last year more than 60,000 of them had to be placed in group homes or with foster families.

The most frequent form of ill treatment is neglect. This includes not meeting children’s needs when it comes to food, love or acceptance, according to some of the experts that wrote the book.

The newest and most worrying form of abuse is the use of children’s pictures on paedophile websites.

Finnish News Agency