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Jun 09, 2021 04:43 PM
CHINA

China Vows to Slash Child Abuse by 2025

China aims to establish a “comprehensive system” for child protection by 2035, according to a leading group under the State Council, so “children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation are more fully guaranteed.” Photo: VCG
China aims to establish a “comprehensive system” for child protection by 2035, according to a leading group under the State Council, so “children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation are more fully guaranteed.” Photo: VCG

China’s top body for child protection has vowed to “significantly” curb violations of minors’ legal rights by 2025 and issued a list of tasks local governments must undertake to support this goal. 

In a document Tuesday (link in Chinese), the leading group under the State Council, China’s cabinet, listed 25 tasks covering minors’ rights in their families, schools, public services and the judicial system.

The tasks include boosting supervision over legal guardians, establishing reporting channels for bullying at school and improving oversight for criminal cases that involve minors.

China aims to establish a “comprehensive system” for child protection by 2035, the document says, so “children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation are more fully guaranteed.”

Other tasks mentioned in the document include urban residential communities and villages appointing at least one female official to oversee minor-related issues, improving protection of minors’ data and preventing internet addiction.

The national-level leading group was set up in late April to coordinate the protection of minors across the county, supervise the implementation of the recently amended Minors Protection Law and handle major violations. It’s led by Vice Premier Sun Chunlan, and also counts State Councilor Wang Yong, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi, and Minister of Civil Affairs Li Jiheng as members.

A report published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health last August showed that 26.6% of Chinese minors suffer from physical abuse, 19.6% suffer from emotional abuse and 8.7% suffer from sexual abuse.

Last October’s amendment (link in Chinese) to the Minors Protection Law added 60 articles, including a requirement for schools to report cases of serious bullying and sexual harassment to local police. The amendment went into effect on June 1, International Children’s Day.

Also on June 1, the Ministry of Education issued a regulation on measures to protect minors at school. The document requires schools to provide sex education and bars them from employing anyone who has previously lost their job due to abuse, sexual harassment or administering corporal punishment.

Contact reporter Cai Xuejiao (xuejiaocai@caixin.com) and editor Joshua Dummer (joshuadummer@caixin.com)

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