Reports of bad Dutch parenting on the increase

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Official figures show a marked increase in reports of Dutch parents failing to bring up their children properly.

The AMK registration point for the ill-treatment of children says some parents set too few limits, spoil their children, do not consider their hobbies important or fail to provide them with enough structure and regularity.

Reports of this kind of ‘educational neglect’ have risen two-fold since the AMK began its register three years ago and remain the most common sort of complaint. Last year, about 30,000 reports of cases of this kind were received.

About 18,000 instances of children witnessing domestic violence were reported in 2010 – also more than double the number for three years previously. Researchers warn that witnessing violence is just as damaging as being the victim of it.

An AMK spokesperson explains: “If you see your mother, for example, often being beaten, that can become the norm for children. It can cause them to exhibit disturbed behaviour later, beating others or letting themselves be beaten.”

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