The Social Welfare Department’s Child Protection Registry disclosed 1,367 newly reported child abuse cases last year, up 45.4 per cent over the 2020 figure. Photo: Shutterstock
The Social Welfare Department’s Child Protection Registry disclosed 1,367 newly reported child abuse cases last year, up 45.4 per cent over the 2020 figure. Photo: Shutterstock
Grenville Cross
Opinion

Opinion

Grenville Cross

Hong Kong’s child abuse reporting law must cast a wide net and come with stiffer penalties

  • As the government has now acknowledged the principle of mandatory reporting, a minimalist approach has nothing to commend it
  • The public needs to know how seriously an offence is viewed by the legislature, not least because this can affect compliance

The Social Welfare Department’s Child Protection Registry disclosed 1,367 newly reported child abuse cases last year, up 45.4 per cent over the 2020 figure. Photo: Shutterstock
The Social Welfare Department’s Child Protection Registry disclosed 1,367 newly reported child abuse cases last year, up 45.4 per cent over the 2020 figure. Photo: Shutterstock
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