They are kicked, beaten and tormented and a child dies every three days. Right here among us. Child abuse is still a distressing part of everyday life in our country: One in every six children suffers from physical violence and abuse and has to live with it (and survive). This moves us and touches a painful nerve.

Often, action is not taken until a crime has already been committed and children have suffered psychological or physical injuries that could have been prevented. There are wide-ranging reasons for this. We are not interested in pointing fingers or assigning blame, but rather in bringing about new conditions to underlie and guide child and youth welfare. Our actions are based on the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In our opinion, this should be part of Germany’s Basic Law (the German Constitution). Special attention should be afforded to Article 19, which is concerned with violence against, as well abuse and neglect of, children.

The sad truth:


153 children killed
4051 cases of abuse


108 children killed
4233 cases of abuse


130 children killed
3929 cases of abuse


133 children killed
4204 cases of abuse


Our supreme aim and objective is to fundamentally improve protection of children in Germany, but also internationally. The Deutscher Kinderverein wants to serve as a knowledgeable opinion-leader and driving force in the task of lobbying on behalf of children against child abuse.

Our aims and objectives:

Statutory provisions for the training of staff at the Youth Office and child-protection experts in forensic medicine.
Valid evaluation of aid measures for young people for Youth Offices and voluntary organisations.
More financial resources and an increase in funding for human resources (expert staff) at Youth Offices.
Maximum limits on the number of cases for staff at Youth Offices.
Changes in the German Act on Healing Professions and the Federal Act on the Protection of Children in order to be able to confront abuse of children quickly and effectively.
Better qualifications and training for family-court judges. Persons are often appointed as family-law judges without receiving any additional training in children’s rights and in conducting hearings in line with children’s needs.
Child protection must become an integral part of physicians‘ educational training. Continuing education programmes in this area have been voluntary so far and are not part of physicians‘ continuous training.
Statutory obligation to conduct early-recognition examinations in the first to ninth medical examinations of children performed by physicians (up until the age of six) in order to avoid children being jeopardised.
Informing and sensitising policy-makers, the public and relevant institutions.