Monday, 06 April 2020 | 05:34 WIB

Abandoned Toddlers Occupy Highest Rank on Cases of Children with Social Welfare Issues

Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Rita Pranawati

JAKARTA, NNC - Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Rita Pranawati revealed abandoned toddlers occupy the highest position in the case of children with social welfare issues.

According to data on social and child affairs in emergency situation of 2018, cases of children with social welfare consist of abandoned toddlers with as many as 18 cases (23 percent), followed by children from poor families amounting to 13 cases (17 percent), then abandoned children amounted to 12 (16 percent) and street children by 10 cases (13 percent).

This was conveyed by Rita, representing KPAI Commissioner for Social Affairs and Children in Emergency Situation, Susianah Affandy. The statement was presented in the event "Exposition of Supervision Results of Child Protection Implementation of Year 2018", in Jakarta, Monday (7/23/2018).

"Other social welfare problems that arise are begging children, there are nine cases with percentage of 12 percent. Then gutter child with eight cases or percentage of 10 percent and children with special needs [victims] amounting to seven cases with percentage of nine percent," Rita said.

According to her, there are 119 cases of children in social affairs and children in emergency situations. Of the 119 cases, children with social welfare problems dominated complaints in social affairs and children in emergency situations reached 77 cases with percentage of 65 percent.

Children victims of disasters (air, sea, air) in 2018 rank the second in cases of social affairs and children in emergency situations amounting to 31 cases or 26 percent. Third place is occupied by child cluster in emergency situation (victims of social conflict/war) amounting to 11 cases or nine percent.

From the results of the presentation, KPAI encourages the government to better socialize the program to improve the welfare of the community, especially people with social welfare problems. KPAI also assessed the need for disaggregated and centralized child victim data that would affect the handling and targets of victims.

"KPAI also encourages the government to implement the regulation of Disaster Safety School in disaster prone areas and emergency schools when disaster strikes. KPAI recommends implementation of trauma healing for children of social conflicts that are vulnerable to psychic trauma due to conflict," concluded Rita.