New online resource for improving child protection launched, as report finds 59% fewer children are in residential care than 5 years ago

25 June 2021
New online resource for improving child protection launched, as report finds 59% fewer children are in residential care than 5 years ago
UNICEF Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 25 June 2021: At an online event today the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), launched Cambodia’s first child protection information management system (CPIMS) and made its dashboard publicly available. The CPIMS dashboard, developed with the support of UNICEF, USAID and other partners, will enable Ministries, service providers, development agencies, NGOs and advocates to see Cambodia’s progress in child protection service delivery at any time, providing invaluable data which can further guide policy setting and action.

The CPIMS measures progress in child protection against 50 key indicators. It includes information such as the number of residential care institutions in the country, the support currently available, and the number of children receiving services. Such information is essential to the development of an effective child protection system, while the digitalisation of the data will make it more accessible and timely. The launch of the dashboard is the culmination of three years of work that involved 14 Ministries and Government agencies, alongside two networks of NGOs. All worked together to develop the monitoring framework and collect and validate the data presented through the dashboard.

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation is pleased to launch the CPIMS dashboard and would like to thank all the Ministries and organizations which collaborated on such a powerful tool for building better services. The Ministry also thanks to UNICEF for its technical guidance and USAID for its financial support, enabling us to digitise and improve Cambodia’s child protection information system.

At the same event, the Ministry launched a report on its ambitious 5-year action plan for improving childcare, with its target of safely returning 30 per cent of children in residential care to their families. When the action plan was launched in 2016, residential care for children was widespread, and far too many children lived in residential care even though most of them had at least one living parent. Inspired by the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s guiding principle that every child has the right to grow up in a family, the Royal Government of Cambodia, UNICEF and other partners developed the action plan to reintegrate children in a safe manner from residential institutions into family-based care, support family preservation and, promote alternatives to residential care. Other key partners included USAID, EU, the Partnership Programme for Protection of Children (3PC) and Family Care First. The report found that since the action plan was launched in 2016, there are 43 per cent fewer residential care institutions (RCIs) and 59 per cent fewer children living in residential care.

“This progress is truly heartening, because the nurturing and protective care of families is so important to the wellbeing of children,” said Foroogh Foyouzat, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia. “However, there is still much work to do to ensure full implementation of family-centered policies and provision of family support services to further empower parents in caring for and protecting their children. The new CIPMS dashboard will be a powerful tool in developing and improving such policies and services.”

To further strengthen family preservation and family-based alternative care in the country, MoSVY also released a new Prakas on Procedures to Implement Kinship Care and Foster Care. The Prakas provides clear guidance to relevant institutions and stakeholders to implement these measures as alternatives to residential care while permanent care planning - with a focus on family reunification - is being developed.

Notes to editors:

The Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) can be assessed through https://cpims-cambodia.ona.io, and the Report on the Implementation of Action Plan for Improving Child Care and Reintegration can be downloaded in: https://bit.ly/3zOKxci

For more information please contact:

Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation

Mr. Phi No, Director of Child Welfare Department

Email: phino.cwd@gmail.com, Mobile: (+855) 92 462 263

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