Rearing Environment in Japanese Children’s Institutions
Shigeyuki Mori, Konan University
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg 69117
Concepts → Symposium A3
Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013
14.00 - 15.30
Japan is one of the very few developed countries that institutionalization is still one of the main operation when protecting vulnerable children. We will be introducing Japanese social welfare history in order to clarify the backgrounds of the present system. The focus is on children’s protection policy after the war and its subsequent changes in response to a rapid increase of child abuse cases took place from the 1990s. In the course of the change, children’s institutions(homes) were assigned tasks not only to rear the children but also to offer therapeutic care for them. The effort to aid the institution financially to enable them to upgrade their practice, including employing psychotherapists, has been made but the present situation is, by and large, far from the level awaited by practitioners and, particularly, by children taken care of there. We will also present an interim report on a research, which we are conducting aiming to address the effect of institutionalization.