Deaths from child abuse at five-year low: minister

HIGH-RISK CASES: The health ministry is to implement an active warning system to prevent child abuse, instead of responding to reports after child abuse takes place

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 26, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The number of deaths from serious child abuse last year fell to its lowest in five years, the Ministry of

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung answers questions from legislators at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.  Photo: Huang Yao-cheng, Taipei Times

Health and Welfare said yesterday.

After several reports of serious child abuse over the past few months sparked a public outrage, the Legislative Yuan’s Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee asked government agencies to report on their child protection programs and regulations.

The number of child or adolescent deaths caused by serious abuse was 15 last year, lower than the previous four years, which ranged from 18 to 31 deaths a year, ministry data showed.

About 70 percent of the victims were under six years old and about half were under three, the data showed.    [FULL  STORY]

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