More than 151,000 children in Israel are considered at risk, according to new
data published Wednesday by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services’
National Program for Children and Youth at Risk.
Published ahead of its annual
conference in Tel Aviv, which will examine causes and methods of treatment for
children and youth whose lives are considered to be in danger, the figures show
roughly 47,000 of the children are below the age of six. Of that number, a
quarter suffer from neglect, 16 percent do not have the appropriate parental
care and 12% are exposed to direct danger such as physical or sexual abuse,
domestic abuse, parents with a drug problem or involved in criminal activity.
The program, which was launched two years ago and costs the government NIS 155
million, is operated in more than 72 local authorities and brings together
experts from several government ministries.