The mandatory screening for child abuse that doctors in the Netherlands have to do is so ineffective that it should be abolished, according to pediatrician and professor of social pediatrics Elise van Putte, also the chairman of the National Expertise Center for Child Abuse. The questionnaires not only lead to unjustified accusations, but also miss hundreds of abused kids, she said at the annual convention on domestic violence, the Volkskrant reports.
The early results of an investigation into the severity of domestic violence in the Netherlands showed that incidents are repeated in the same families far more frequently than previously thought. The Verwey-Jonker Instituut announced the results in conjunction with domestic violence hotline provider Veilig Thuis.
They are looking into the behavior of about 1,200 parents and 1,550 children.
The court in Zutphen convicted a 35-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Germany for abusing and neglecting their then 8-year-old son at a camp site in Winterswijk. They were each sentenced to three years in prison, NU.nl reports.
The parents of an 8-year-old boy found emaciated and neglected on a campsite near Winterswijk last summer, are standing trial on Tuesday. They kept the child tied up and locked into a chest for hours or even days at a time, according to statements by the boy that were read in the court in Zutphen, AD reports.
The court in Utrecht found 59-year-old Henk K. from Bunschoten-Spakenburg guilty of abusing his own children and sentenced him to two years in prison. He is also not allowed to contact 14 of his children and grandchildren, NU.nl reports.
Frustration about baby Hannah being taken away from her led Kim de L. to kidnapping her child in front of a Lidl supermarket in Eersel on Monday, her lawyer Anne Winters said to news wire ANP.
Victims of child abuse while in youth care faced violence for an average of 7.5 years, according to a report by investigative committee Violence in Youth Care. More than half of the victims did not report the abuse, because the possibility of doing so did not exist, or because they were scared, RTL Nieuws reports.
Tackling child abuse is absolutely a top priority for the Rutte III government, Minister Hug de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said in the Dilligentia Theater in The Hague on Monday - the start of the Netherlands' Week Against Child Abuse.
An 8-year-old boy who was found emaciated and neglected on a campground in Winterswijk in July, was beaten, tied up and locked in a chest, the Public Prosecutor revealed in a pro-forma hearing against the boy's parents on Tuesday. The boy's father partly confessed to the abuse, AD reports.
The court in Zutphen decided that both parents will stay in custody for the time being, and that they will go to the Pieter Baan Center for psychiatric evaluations. The couple is accused of abuse and unlawful deprivation of liberty.
A 4-year-old boy was left home alone, crying on a balcony in Nijmegen for hours last week. A police officer rescued the boy by climbing onto the balcony from a neighbor's apartment. The officer found him "with tears on his face and large eyes", the Nijmegen police wrote on Facebook.
A 43-year-old woman from Tilburg was arrested on Thursday night for assaulting a young child at a bus stop in front of amusement park Efteling. A security guard in the Kaatsheuvel park saw on surveillance cameras how the woman hit the child in the face at least ten times. He called the police, Omroep Brabant reports.
The police were called in around 9:30 p.m. According to the police, the child is younger than 5-years-old and is now in the care of youth protection. The woman is in custody. Whether the woman is the child's mother is unclear.
A toddler was beaten in a seemingly random attack on a bus in Eindhoven two weeks ago, the police write on Facebook. A witness reported the incident. The police are examining footage of the incident and are looking for more witnesses.
According to the police, the incident happened on June 17th at around 7:45 p.m. on a line 4 bus traveling from the Eindhoven station to Heesterakker.
Henk K., a father of 19 kids from Bunschoten, denies all charges of abuse against him. According to him, his "unscrupulous, lying and labile" children made up the abuse claims to get back at him for charging them with theft from their parental home, the 58-year-old man said in a pro-forma hearing in the court of Utrecht on Monday, according to AD reporter Marco Willemse tweeting from the courtroom.
A mandatory questionnaire Dutch doctors have to fill in to detect child abuse very often leads to false accusations, according to medical researcher Maartje Schouten. In more than 9 out of 10 cases in which the questionnaire indicates child abuse, the accusations are unfounded, she said to NOS.
A 45-year-old mother and 36-year-old stepfather are accused of horribly abusing a then 3-year-old girl, Lisa. They left the girl outside, naked in the could, rubbed pepper in her eyes and gagged her if she screamed too much. The mother confessed to the abuse in the court of Arnhem on Wednesday, though maintains that it was the stepfather who tortured the now 5-year-old girl, not her, AD reports.
Some 100 people gathered on the Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday night to protest against the arrest of a 12-year-old boy on the square earlier this week. Activist Jeffrey Afriyie and politician Sylvana Simons were among the protesters. "Let this be the last tie we deliver our children to people that would rather lock them up than bring them up." Afriyie said speaking at the protest, AD reports.
Henk K., father of 19 children, is suspected of attempted manslaughter on one of his sons, sexually assaulting at least one daughter and abusing his children. This abuse included tying a son to a table and threatening him with a chainsaw, locking his kids in a closet for days and sexual fornication with an 11-year-old daughter, RTL Nieuws reports.
Amsterdam city councilor Samira Bouchiti (VVD) heard "dozens" of accounts of kids being physically assaulted during Koran lessons while she was giving guest lectures at schools in the city. "They're about teachers who strike. Sometimes even with a stick, hits on the fingertips, slaps, ear pulling. It is structural and apparently suits the way in which lessons is given", she said, according to newspaper AD. She raised the issue with the Amsterdam city council and asked the college of mayor and aldermen to investigate.
A couple from Arnhem is accused of seriously abusing a 3-year-old girl in 2015. According to the Prosecutor in court on Thursday, the couple beat and pinched the girl, put a diaper in her mouth more than once, bound her with duct tape, put pepper in her eyes and repeatedly left her outside in the cold with no or little clothes, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The police and Public Prosecutor are investigating the the death of a baby, who died of what seems to be abuse in a Rotterdam hospital two weeks ago. His parents were arrested on Tuesday, the police said in a statement.
A group of parents and parents' organization BOinK want child care directors to be legally prosecuted if the knowingly fail to comply with safety standards. They are therefore pressing charges against Amsterdam creche 24/7 Kids this week in the hopes of setting a precedent for childcare
The government is launching a full investigation into physical abuse of children who were removed from their homes by child welfare. The investigation, launched based on the advice of the De Winter committee, will span from 1945 until present.
The reorganization of child welfare and youth care had no positive effects. On the contrary, waiting lists get longer and longer and there is less staff, while the number of violence reports increase. It regularly happens that a child ends up on a waiting list and sometimes have to wait months for help, while the abuse continues, according to the Youth Care Inspectorate
Father Ron T. and stepmother Petra M. from Roelofarendsveen are in court on Wednesday facing charges of attempted manslaughter. According to the Public Prosecutor, the two systematically abused their children Wendy and Dylan, aged 12 and 14 when they were discovered last year, AD reports.