The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) signed an MOU to prevent child abuse and protect child victims. In a concerted effort to establish a systematic joint response system, the SMG and SMPA announced their reinforced measures for preventing and responding to child abuse. The measures include the SMG and SMPA’s joint actions throughout the entire process—from early detection of abused children as well as prompt and accurate judgment of whether or not they are abused to protect of child victims.
First, the MOU will extensively enhance the on-site dispatch and response system centering around victimized children. In light of issues concerning dispatched personnel’s response at the scene, eight medical institutions dedicated to child abuse patients will be operated throughout Seoul so that they can be used 24 hours a day, at night, on weekends and in emergencies for more swift medical treatments. Starting in July, each district will also run “child abuse judgment” meetings, where child abuse experts directly participate to judge abuse cases.
Second, the MOU will significantly expand the infrastructure for preventing and responding to child abuse. The functions of Seoul’s Children’s Welfare Center will be expanded to also serve as Child Abuse Prevention Center as a control tower for the prevention and response to child abuse. A professional response system will be solidly established as child abuse personnel and protection facilities continue to be expanded.
Third, the MOU will implement a regularly conducted census on children in blind spots to discover children in crisis, and a tighter social safety net will be established by encouraging child abuse reports, improving programs to raise awareness, and promoting issues of child abuse online and offline.