China needs 200,000 more childcare workers to meet its needs: report

Updated 2017-06-02 09:28:54 Global Times

A recent report on child welfare has highlighted areas which need improvement in China, particularly the care of left-behind children and the education of disabled children.

According to the China Child Welfare & Protection Policy Report 2017 released Wednesday by China Philanthropy Research Institute, almost 40 percent of disabled youngsters fail to complete compulsory education and around 9 million rural children whose parents have migrated for work lack adequate care.

The country needs an estimated 200,000 extra childcare professionals to meet its needs, especially in its less developed hinterland regions, the report says, noting that the country only allocates 0.011 percent of annual national GDP to child welfare.

The issue of child welfare has come into the spotlight in recent years amid media reports of child abuse and campus violence.

It was reported in July 2015 that 11 left-behind children had been sexually abused in a kindergarten in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and details emerged in 2014 of a left-behind 13-year-old's sexual torment at the hand of 10 of her village neighbors in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said the child welfare report.

School violence has also made national headlines with 33.4 percent of schoolchildren reportedly suffering from some form of campus bullying in 2016.

Healthcare is also a problem, according to the report, with many children lacking sufficient medical insurance and the country suffering a shortage of pediatricians and children's hospitals.

Almost 25 percent of China's pre-school children, about 10 million, were not enrolled in kindergartens in 2015, said the report.

China has strived to set up a support system at the grassroots level and has established two policies on aiding impoverished and rural left-behind children in 2016 to guarantee they receive more benefits.

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