Since the onset of the corona crisis, fewer and fewer children have reported to the emergency room. This is partly explainable because they do not go to school and do not exercise now. But also children in unsafe home situations no longer visit the emergency room.
The Dutch Association of Emergency Aid Parties (NVSHA) is sounding the alarm on Friday. "Social isolation and stress are known to be risk factors for abuse," said spokesperson and emergency room doctor Dayenne Caris.
"The fear is that because of the 'stay at home' measure, children who need medical help will not appear on the emergency room, but will remain under the radar." Signaling abuse is one of the core tasks of an emergency room doctor.
"We know that domestic tensions often lead to violence. And stress is plentiful because of the corona crisis," emphasizes Caris. "There is fear about work and income, people feel that they have their backs against the wall, they cannot pay their bills. When the children are home all day long - so that everyone is on each other's lips - all ingredients are present for violent outbursts of anger. "
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Barely any injuries that indicate abuse
The concern of the Dutch emergency physicians is that children who need medical help are kept indoors and are not seen by a doctor. "We don't have children very often at an emergency room, but we regularly have children who 'have fallen down the stairs', 'have been pinched by their brother' or 'knocked over tea'. We know that part of this concerns abuse", explains Caris from.
"We see these kinds of injuries much less now. And that is not true with the home situation. Sitting on top of each other every day because the whole family is at home creates a lot of tension. Especially now that the 'escape' from school and work is not is. "
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Children's telephone and schools also fear 'disappeared' children
Earlier, the Kindertelefoon also sounded the alarm about the fear of more abused children because of the home quarantine. The Kindertelefoon detects a 40 percent increase in children who call the helpline because of domestic violence.
Figures from the Dutch schools show that more than five thousand children are currently no longer on the radar of teachers.
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