“Aim for a society in which all children are brimming with smiles and shining in their own way.”
"Support children to grow up sound by cooperating with those who share the same aspiration."
|Shiseido Child Foundation
* Renamed from Shiseido Social Welfare Foundation on Oct. 1, 2022
|Address||5-5, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo|
|Establishment||April 8, 1972 (100th anniversary project of Shiseido's founding)|
There are about 42,000 children
living separately from their parents
in Japan and being cared by "social care."
The Japanese “social care” is a system in which local governments provide protective care to children who are are unable to live with thier parents for various reasons and support families which have difficulites in child-rearing.
Children in "social care" leave their parents and are raised in child welfare facilities or by foster parents because of their parents' health problems, financial problems, divorces, discords,abuses and so on.
After graduation from high school and leaving from child care facilities or foster parents
Many of such children have to become financially and mentally independent and make their own living after graduation.
Their journeys to become independent are by no means easy. Children have to make big decisions, such as finding a job or going on to university, with full of hopes or hesitations, or sometimes with feelings of resignation in their mind.
Rate of enrollment in higher educational institutions
After graduating from high school, 33.1% of children living in child care facilities go on to higher education instituitions, such as universities, junior colleges, professional schools, etc., and 58.8% of them get jobs. In case of children living with foster parents, 58.5% of them go on to schools, and 33.3% are employed. Compared to the fact that 74.2% of average high school graduates go on to higher educational instituitions, we can see that enrollment rate of such children is extremely low. In recent years, however, the number of children in "social care" who go to higher educational institutions has been gradually increasing.
*Data are taken from the website of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare data collection "Toward the Promotion of Social Nurturing" (March 31, 2022)
Necessity to let children have the power to become independent before leaving "social care"
Information about how to go to hospitals, keep themselves groomed in business situations, wear suits neatly, maintain financial stability, and behave in a right manner at ceremonial occasions before thier independence would be a great supports when they enter into society.
We are supporting children through the three pillars of activities, “Supporting Children’s Challenge for the Future”, “Creating Opportunities to Learn for People who Nurture Children”, and “Creating a Society in which Children are Supported by Everyone”.
Supporting Children’s Challenge for the Future
Shiseido Child Foundation Scholarship Program, Self-reliance Seminar
Creating Opportunities to Learn for People who Nurture Children
Training Program for Child Care Facility Personnel, Child Welfare Information Magazine
Creating a Society in which Children are Supported by Everyone
Subsidization of Events Hosted by Child Care Facilities
Shiseido Child Foundation Scholarship Program
This program is a benefit-type scholarship for high school students who are in "social care." We provides 500,000 yen per year to children who go on to universities, junior colleges, and proffesional schools. In addition, we hold exchange meetings and supply daily necessities for scholarship students.
We hold seminars for children who are in "social care" to learn from experts about social knowledge necessary for being independent, such as financial management, communication skills, sex educations, and personal appearances suited for matured adults.
Training Program for Child Care Facility Personnel
The purpose of this program is to contribute to a development of personnel who are working in a child welfare field. The participants broaden the scope of expertise and insights by visiting advanced countries in child welfare field, learning about child welfare initiatives and latest researches directly from local facility staffs and researchers, and utilizing the lessons learned in their daily work.
policies for fostering the next generation, welfare of children and familes
preventive support, judicial involvement in child protection, human resources development, collaboration between institutions and foster carers