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300 fatal accidents with children in past 3 years, according to the TFCF

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF, 家扶基金會) yesterday said that according to government statistics, in the past three years over 300 fatal accidents occurred involving children under nine years of age, noting that 60 percent of these accidents happened while the children were alone.

The TFCF said that people tend to pay more attention to child abuse incidents involving physical abuse, but as a matter of fact, most child fatalities result from the reckless manner with which some guardians look after young kids.

The foundation further explained that “reckless manner,” refers to circumstances in which guardians fail to take care of young ones either because they lack the ability or the will to do so.

The TFCF said that according to their investigation of children in low-income households, every fifth child is forced to shoulder responsibilities that should not be untaken at their age. These kids are likely to be classified as high-risk due to the negligence of their guardians, the foundation added.

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