Japan Diet OKs Bills to Enhance Measures against Child Abuse
Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)--The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted Wednesday bills that are aimed at better preventing child abuse by making it easier for child consultation centers across the nation to step into mistreatment cases, including suspected cases, without hesitation.
The bills to revise the child welfare act and other legislation call for clearly separating the roles of consultation center employees into two--intervention in abuse cases and support for rehabilitating abusive parents.
Physical punishment by parents will be banned in order to prevent abuse-related deaths of children, mainly infants, although no penalties will be set.
The separation of the two functions and the ban on corporal punishment are set to take effect in April next year.
In addition, each child consultation center will be required to have a doctor and a health nurse, from April 2022.
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