UNICEF to support Kazakhstan in promoting social services for the most vulnerable children
ASTANA, Kazakhstan - September 21, 2010 - The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and the UN Children’s Fund have conducted a seminar to discuss the strengthening of the social protection system for the most vulnerable children and families. The seminar also discussed the realization of “The Law on Special Social Services”, which is designed to provide services for people, including children, who have found themselves in a difficult situation and need assistance to overcome social problems.
"A useful law on special social services has been adopted, which covers a wide range of issues, including problems of the most vulnerable groups of children. Many state agencies follow the provisions of the Law. However, in order to improve the coordination of work which is done by the agencies, we together with UNICEF and international consultants plan to discuss issues of providing children with social and medical services,” Labour and Social Protection Minister of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova told the seminar.
She said that Kazakhstan had good experience of concerted work between different agencies in providing special social services for children and this expertise should be replicated throughout the country.
“Recently we have reviewed the work of an orphanage for children with special needs in Karaganda city. The orphanage demonstrates good coherent collaboration between tutors, psychologists, medical and social personnel,” said Abdykalikova. The Minister said this kind of systematic collaboration between different specialists in providing social services should be introduced in all the regions of the country.
UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Hanaa Singer said that Kazakhstan still faced challenge of ongoing excessive abandonment of small babies by partners and children who fall victims to violence or abuse are not yet provided with adequate services thus exposed for additional and prolonged suffering.
“It is important is to enhance the implementation of the Law on Specialized Social Services in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups of population contributing to the increase of social services networks and reducing the level of poverty among population. A strategic approach is still needed to directly contribute to the reduction of family breakdowns to stop the ongoing depravation of parental care and child abandonment,” said Hanaa Singer.
The UNICEF Representative said that UNICEF would support the Social Protection and Labour Ministry in establishing multidisciplinary models of integrated social services for the most vulnerable children and their families in Astana, Karaganda and Ust-Kamenogorsk cities. Based on the lessons learnt from this exercise national policies and budgets will be designed to install similar schemes all over the country.
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