Left-Be­hind Chil­dren

Beijing Review - - This Week Society -

As of the end of Au­gust, over 680,000 pre­vi­ously un­su­per­vised “left-be­hind chil­dren” in ru­ral ar­eas have been placed in the cus­tody of guardians, ac­cord­ing to an of­fice af­fil­i­ated to the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs (MCA).

The term “left-be­hind chil­dren” re­fers to chil­dren whose par­ents have left their homes in ru­ral ar­eas to be­come mi­grant work­ers in towns or cities, leav­ing be­hind their chil­dren ei­ther un­su­per­vised or in the care of rel­a­tives or neigh­bors.

Since Novem­ber 2016, a to­tal of 11,821 left-be­hind chil­dren who had dropped out of school have re­sumed their ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice un­der an inter-min­is­te­rial con­fer­ence es­tab­lished by the gov­ern­ment to pro­tect these chil­dren.

Po­lice na­tion­wide have reg­is­tered 125,377 left-be­hind chil­dren on the na­tional house­hold records that were pre­vi­ously un­ac­counted for.

Po­lice also warned 90,822 par­ents for not ful­fill­ing their parental re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. A to­tal of 282 par­ents were warned, de­tained or fined by po­lice, and 17 were de­prived of their guardian­ship by courts, the of­fice said in a state­ment.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, lo­cal gov­ern­ments pri­or­i­tized the pro­tec­tion of left-be­hind chil­dren in their an­nual tasks, and were ac­tive in al­lo­cat­ing funds for the chil­dren’s pro­tec­tion and pro­vid­ing them with as­sis­tance such as med­i­cal care and ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The of­fice has re­quested po­lice and gov­ern­ment at all lev­els to make fur­ther ef­forts in the cam­paign, in­clud­ing more tar­geted mea­sures to make sure no left-be­hind chil­dren are left with­out guardians.

As of Novem­ber last year, China had 9.02 million left-be­hind chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to a cen­sus jointly car­ried out by the min­istries of civil af­fairs, ed­u­ca­tion and pub­lic se­cu­rity from March 2016.

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