Report: 309,141 children at risk in Israel in 2008

Some 309,141 children were defined by Israeli social welfare authorities as being at direct risk or belonging to families at risk, a report released on Sunday by the National Council for the Child said. Financial problems were stated as the most prevalent cause for welfare intervention. The 2008 yearbook by the child welfare watchdog also showed that hospital medical staff in 2007 reported 2,281 children as domestically abused, most of them suffering from negligence and physical violence, a 14.7% hike in comparison to the 1,989 children reported in 2000. In the end of 2007, 2,408,400 children were living in Israel, constituting 33.2% of the general population.