Child welfare policy and services in Korea

Yiyoon Chung, Haksoon Ahn, T. J. Lah

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Over the past 20 years, the Korean government has developed child welfare laws to respond to an increasing number of child maltreatment cases and create a centralized child welfare delivery system. However, the system remains fragmented and under-developed due to a lack of understanding of child maltreatment and limited government support. Further, few studies have comprehensively reviewed the system. This study examines the Korean child welfare system, identifies challenges for child welfare policies and services, and discusses the implications for future policy; the results can be used to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families in Korea. The analysis shows that the government has prioritized family preservation over removal from families, even in substantiated cases of abuse. However, ensuring the safety of children in Korea will require not only working to preserve families but also developing and implementing better options for in-home services and out-of-home placement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Social Welfare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan

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  • Sociology and Political Science


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