China outlines plans to protect 61m rural children

A new ambitious plan has been unveiled by the Chinese government to help support plight of migrant workers’ children in the countryside

China outlines plans to protect 61m rural children

World Bulletin / News Desk

Chinas government has plans to overhaul of existing laws and systems to strengthen parental supervision and ensure children in rural areas are not left behind in rurar areas and also to ensure their rights over the next five years.

Despite the plans however one child welfare advocate has said hat the proposals that have been released by the State Council on Sunday have been too long in coming and that none of the policies would be legally binding.

Nearly 61 million children are left alone to fend for themselves while their parents live and work in other parts of the country, usually in more affluent manufacturing hubs such as the Pearl River and Yangtze River deltas.

The State Council’s proposals are designed to cut that number, in part by urging parents to take their children with them or arrange adult supervision to ensure that children younger than 16 do not live alone.

The proposals, dated February 4, also outline a more active role for schools, community authorities and other government-affiliated organisations in monitoring the welfare of these children.

They would provide services and support, and also report cases where children may have been abused or have gone missing with authorities to provide subsidies to  charities, social workers and volunteers.

source: south china morning post

 

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