A stronger social safety net for Taiwan

  • Date: 2018-03-23

The Executive Yuan on February 26, 2018 approved a new program to strengthen Taiwan’s social safety net. Set to run from 2018 to 2020, the family-centric program calls for cooperation among multiple agencies and organizations to strengthen social services links, control and eliminate the risk factors that underlie social decay, and provide a secure environment free from the threat of violence for future generations to enjoy.

Four strategies
♦ Establish a widely distributed network of social welfare service centers, and integrate social services with welfare programs: Social welfare service centers will be established in 154 locations throughout the nation. These centers will administer measures aimed at pulling people out of poverty and provide integrated services adapted to local conditions.

♦ Integrate sexual and domestic violence response services with assistance for high-risk households: All incident reports will be funneled to a centralized response management center, which will have access to the latest, multi-sourced updates and information about at-risk households. Emergencies will receive an immediate response, while less urgent cases can be handled as dictated by risk potential and required resources.

♦ Combine suicide-prevention services with psychiatric care: Those with psychiatric disorders or suicidal intentions will receive more intensive services to reduce the risk of suicide, while perpetrators of sexual abuse and domestic violence will be given treatment to reduce recidivism. High-risk cases will qualify for more frequent follow-up.

 Integrate the service resources of multiple ministries and agencies: Education authorities will create a three-tiered counseling system for students, as well as connect schools to outside resources, while labor officials will provide employment assistance to disadvantaged groups. Law enforcement can meet regularly with those at risk of being drawn into crime, as well as implement crime-prevention measures.