CWLF Working Towards Legislative Change
The foundation of CWLF was due to the creation of the Child Welfare Law. Since then it has remained committed to the improvement, amendment and proper implementation of this important law as necessary.
CWLF was instrumental in coordinating and facilitating the committee of legislators, academics, social workers and other professionals whose proposal to the government greatly impacted the latest amendment resulting in the 2003 Children and Youth Welfare Law. CWLF is in the process of creating a website in Chinese which houses a chronological archive of meeting minutes and decisions leading to the final amendment as well as other useful information and resources related to the law. Additionally, CWLF continues to monitor the implementation and further changes that need to be incorporated into the law and suggestions and findings can also be submitted on this website.
CWLF is also working to ensure that children and families understand the law and their rights and obligations as stated by the law. Therefore, CWLF is in the process of developing a handbook on the Child &Youth Welfare Law with information in a more simplified and accessible way, which can be easily understood by parents and children.
CWLF and Children's Rights
Every child should be considered an individual with rights, even though she or he has not completely developed physically and mentally and does not yet possess the ability to make decisions independently. In the same way, a child’s wishes and feelings should be respected and understood.
Despite Taiwan's non-member status in the United Nations, recognizing the importance of a universal standard for human rights, CWLF was involved in the integration of principles from the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into the national Child Welfare Law and CWLF continues to improve existing policies and laws in order to grant greater protection for and adherence to rights for children as granted by the CRC.
CWLF also raises the awareness of the general public on the rights of children through public education, national campaigns and press conferences. From the right to protection from abuse to the right to freedom of expression and privacy, CWLF ensures that the government adheres to and upholds its responsibility to children’s rights and that children know that what their rights are and how to exercise them.
Children's Rights Hotline: (02) 25505959 ext 4
CWLF and Public Outreach and Education
CWLF believes in the power of many to effect change.Using a wide range of strategies, CWLF works to raise awareness about the many social problems related to child welfare and the work that can be done to create a safer and healthier environment for children.
CWLF's work includes:
- Public campaigns to educate the general public on children’s rights, the laws and ways to participate in the process for social change.
- Holding press conferences and issuing press releases to raise awareness of various social issues and how the larger society can participate in combating these problems.
- Training and educating professionals such as teachers, doctors, police, the media and child welfare professionals to recognize potential child abuse and neglect, issues effecting children and youth, and the resources available to assist children and families.
CWLF also reaches out to children to educate them on their rights and where to go for help.Through classroom visits in schools, stickers on books and passing out rulers, CWLF communicates valuable information such as important phone numbers and resources such as the Children's Hotline to children around the country.
CWLF and Building Bridges and Networks
CWLF recognizes the added benefit of engaging and working with a wide range of partners in different fields to further the cause for children.
CWLF's work in building partnerships include:
- Initiating the Missing Children Search Committee
- Building a network of child welfare organizations
- Collaborating with professionals in related to fields such as health, education, the media, academics, the private and public sector to improve the well-being of children.