Government and NGOs
UNICEF works with and through all levels of government and with a huge variety of other partners, including NGOs, faith-based groups, other UN agencies and children themselves. Working hand-in-hand with others is essential, because to addressing challenges facing children in Thailand requires all of us working together.
Below are some of many partners who are helping us improve the situation of children in Thailand.
Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS)
Office of the Permanent Secretary
OPS works with UNICEF on strengthening the child protection system in Thailand. We work to develop child protection policies and effective mechanisms in order to protect children from abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation, as well as to provide the best response to such cases. This also includes children affected by violence in the southernmost provinces. In addition, UNICEF supports OPS on strengthening the capacity of government officials and other key staff who work in the child protection area.
Office of Welfare Promotion, Protection and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups (OPP)
Office of OPP is the key government agency responsible for developing legislation and policies on children. OPP is working with UNICEF to expand the child protection monitoring and response system at sub-district levels across the country. Another crucial area of work is the development of the National Policy and Strategy on Violence against Children, which will help safeguard children in different settings and situations.
Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW)
UNICEF is working with DSDW to conduct a study on alternative care in Thailand. The study will be used as evidence to advocate for improvements in the alternative care system in Thailand.
Ministry of Education
Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC)
UNICEF is currently working with OBEC to address the issue of corporal punishment in schools and to develop a child protection policy in schools to ensure the safety of children. OBEC is also working with UNICEF's Social Policy Section to explore the possibility of conducting a Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) in relation to the basic education budget. PETS can be a powerful tool for identifying the strengths and weaknesses in the efficiency and effectiveness of public spending on social services.
Ministry of Justice
Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (DJOP)
DJOP works to protect and provide support for children and youth in conflict with the law. UNICEF is providing technical and financial support to DJOP to carry out studies on several issues related to juvenile justice, such as legislation reform, alternative measures to detention and necessary support for children and youth in conflict with the law.
Ministry of Interior
Bureau of Registration Administration, Department of Provincial Administration, Ministry of Interior – BORA
BORA is an instrumental partner in ensuring that all children are registered at birth. The online birth registration project which UNICEF supports is being developed and maintained by BORA. The bureau also plays a key role in supporting the nationwide expansion of the online birth registration system.
Ministry of Public Health
National AIDS Management Center (NAMC), Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health
NAMC is our key partner in developing and implementing national AIDS policies and programmes. UNICEF is working with NAMC on a number of activities, including a national review on HIV among key youth populations affected, strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems, preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and developing an conducting an AIDS Zero Portal, which is real-time reporting mechanism for policy makers.
Department of Health (DOH)
DOH is responsible for implementing effective strategies for the “Elimination of PMTCT in Thailand”, which is part of the overall “Getting to Zero” national plan.
Department of Mental Health (DMH)
UNICEF is supporting the DMH to provide psychosocial support to Rohingya children and women living in shelters in Thailand.
Office of the Prime Minister
Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
NESDB is the principal government counterpart for UNICEF's work in social policy analysis. The partnership with NESDB has focused on examining child poverty, and exploring how other countries have used child support grants to improve the lives of poor children and to what extent they are an appropriate to Thailand.
National Health Security Office
NHSO is one of the main counterparts for expanding the online birth registration system. NHSO is responsible for training staff in all public hospitals on using the new system and monitoring project progress.
AIDS ACCESS Foundation (ACCESS)
ACCESS works with UNICEF to strengthen social protection systems for children who are vulnerable and affected by HIV.
Foundation for Child Development (FCD)
FCD is an NGO partner for social policy analysis. FCD is concerned with tackling child poverty and has promoted the concept of a child support grant with civil society organizations.
UNICEF is supporting Isra Institute to organize series of training workshops on children's rights and ethical reporting on children for media practitioners and journalism students. Each year, we also support Isra Intitute to organize the Child Rights Media Award to recognize the industry’s best reporting on children and child rights-related issues.
Save the Children
UNICEF works with Save the Children to strengthen the child protection monitoring and referral system at the community level.
Universities and academic Institutes
Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI)
TDRI is a leading policy research institution. It collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data relating to child poverty, deprivation, and disparities in child health, education and development that are linked to socio-economic policy framework. UNICEF is working with TDRI to explore the economic aspects of a number of children's issues, such as the provision of services for children with disabilities and the cost to the economy of child injuries.
Faculty of Medicines, Khon Kaen University (KKU)
KKU works with UNICEF and other partners to help children living with HIV take their antiretroviral drugs according to schedule. It also works to promote positive prevention among adolescents living with HIV.
Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University (CU)
UNICEF is supporting the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, to carry out a survey on child rights violations in news reports.
Faculty of Social Work Administration, Thammasat University
UNICEF provides technical and financial support to the Faculty of Social Work Administration to build capacity of social workers, especially on specific skills needed to work with children and families in need of protection.
UNICEF is working with Mahidol University to create better understanding of child protection among key actors, including local administrative organizations, civil society and religious leaders in the southernmost provinces. We also work to strengthen their capacity in addressing child protection concerns, including ensuring that local plans fully recognize the needs of children. UNICEF is also supporting the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR), a leading academic institute, to conduct research on the impact of internal migration on the early development of children who are left behind by parents who migrate through a longitudinal and mixed-methods study.