Social workers protest proposal to increase visits

21 March, 2024

Courtesy of ICRT


Social workers have rallied outside the Ministry of Health and Welfare building in Taipei to protest a government proposal to increase the required frequency of visits to children placed in foster care. The protest was organized by the Taipei Social Workers Union.


Participants called on the health ministry to retract the proposal to increase occupational safety protection for social workers and for both the central and local governments to adhere to a salary system designed for social workers. The protestors also called for increased support for social workers from society and a comprehensive review of Taiwan's social safety net.

The protest comes after the health ministry last Friday submitted the proposal to increase social workers' visit frequencies to children in foster care and that follows the death of a one-year-old boy who was alleged to have been abused by his nanny in foster care.


The Taipei Social Workers Union says increasing the frequency of visits will not solve the real problem, which is a labour shortage.

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