SEOUL, Korea, Nov 04 (Korea Bizwire) – Child abuse has been a serious problem in Korea and it is more so of late. For the past ten years, the incidence of mistreatment of children has more than doubled. The cases of child abuse received last year by 49 children’s protection agencies were 6,403. The number of children who lost their lives from ill-treatment has been 86 for ten years.
The Korea Human Resource Development Institute for Health and Welfare has since 2001 offered training programs for children’s counselors on how to prevent child abuse cases and has earned good reputation. On October 22, a Mongolian delegation including Ulaanbaatar deputy mayor Buyandalai and other high-ranking city government officials visited the institute as part of an effort to learn how to respond to child abuse issues.
The deputy mayor said, “We urgently need to come up with a set of policies to deal with child abuse problems and the Korean model will be very helpful for us to benchmark.”
In addition to training sessions for child abuse professionals, the state-run institute offers 18 other programs for children, graduating a total of 2,608 students from the programs. For further information on the institute, visit the website at eng.kohi.or.kr.