Protection of children act needs update: foundation

‘NOT ENOUGH’: A missing-child alert system, launched four years ago, has never been used, while thousands of children were reported missing this year, the group said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 22, 2020
By: Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

From left, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an, Child Welfare League Foundation chief executive officer Pai Li-fang, KMT Legislator Hung Meng-kai and others hold a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The Child Welfare League Foundation yesterday called for amendments to child protection laws, including creating a basis for the Missing Children Data Resource Center to receive more funding and resources.

At a news conference, the foundation proposed amendments to the Protection of Children and Youth Welfare and Rights Act (兒童及少年福利與權益保障法), such as providing a legal basis for the center to handle reports of missing children, as well as follow-ups and counseling in cases of missing children.

The center has long grappled with a lack of funding and staffing because there is no legal basis for its establishment, which has made it difficult for the center to consistently promote programs, the foundation said.

Another amendment could help prevent parental child abduction, it said.

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