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Mapping of residential care facilities in the capital and 24 provinces of the kingdom of Cambodia

© UNICEF Cambodia/2017

Mapping of residential care facilities in the capital and 24 provinces of the kingdom of Cambodia

The report ‘Mapping of residential care facilities in the capital and 24 provinces of the kingdom of Cambodia’ was released by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in April 2017. UNICEF provided technical support and USAID provided financial support to the Ministry to conduct the study. The mapping significantly advances the current knowledge of the state of institutionalization of Cambodian children. For the first time, evidence- based data is providing MoSVY with practical information that details where the facilities are and how many children live in them, offering an immense opportunity to access these places of care and assess their situation. This marks a critical first step in the long process of family- and community- based reintegration.

The nation-wide mapping of residential care facilities in Cambodia reveals there are far more residential care institutions operational in the country than previously known. There are 406 residential care institutions (RCIs) with 16,579 children living in them. Based on 2015 population figures, this means that nearly 1 in every 350 Cambodian children lives in a residential care institution.

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© UNICEF Cambodia/2017

Action Plan for improving child care with the target of safely returning 30 per cent of children in residential care to their families 2016 - 2018

The Action Plan for improving child care with the target of safely returning 30 per cent of children in residential care to their families 2016-2018 was signed by the Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in October 2016, and released in April 2017. UNICEF provided technical support and USAID provided financial support to the Ministry to develop the plan. The plan was developed following consultations with NGOs and development partners. It aims at improving the alternative care system, and in particular controlling the burgeoning institutionalization of children outside family care.

Based on the data of the mapping of residential care institutions, MoSVY has planned to safely return to their families and communities a total of 3,500 children who are currently living in residential care institutions in five priority provinces (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Preah Sihanouk and Kandal) as this is where the majority of children in residential care are.

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