Child-care professionals and bereaved parents whose children died while in care met at a symposium in Tokyo this week to discuss safety concerns and preventative measures. The event followed the announcement of government plans to boost the number of carers in Japan.
The event's organizers invited child-care workers to report on incidents and fatalities during care, Fuji TV reported. It also invited bereaved parents to tell their stories and share their experiences in an attempt to draw up a set of preventative measures to help reduce the number of incidents involving children in care.
Among the findings of the roughly 100 members in attendance were the need for a body to handle investigations in the event of an incident and the need for support systems for bereaved families.
The symposium was held in response to a statement in which the government announced tentative plans to increase the number of child-care professionals by 400,000 by fiscal 2017. In a statement to the press, the symposium's sponsors said, "We need to focus not just on the quantity of child-care institutions, but their quality as well."© Japan Today