Guidelines on Alternative Care for Children without Appropriate Care

Guidelines on Alternative Care for Children without Appropriate Care

Guidelines on Alternative Care for Children without Appropriate Care
UNICEFLaos/2024

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Foreword

The guide on alternative care for children without appropriate care in the Lao PDR is developed based on the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of the Child, the National Social Pro­tection Strategy, the results of the assessment of the child protection system in the Lao PDR in 2019, the actual situation, potential and resources. The goal is to promote wellbeing and social welfare for those children as well as to ensure unified and timely implementation, ensuring appropriateness and best interests of the children.

The development of this guideline, there were a consultation and coordination with relevant parties at both the central and local levels, such as: the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Ministry of Health, the Central Lao Women’s Federation, the Supreme People’s Court, the Na­tional Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children, the Department of Labor and Social Welfare of Lao Vientiane Province, UNICEF Laos, the Lao Children’s Village Project, Friend International and other relevant international organizations. The guideline on the alternative care for children without appropriate care defines principles, types of care including kindship care, foster care and residential care as well as provides procedures and steps for the implementation of this guideline.

On behalf of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Department of Social Welfare, relevant parties at the central-local level, international organi­zations, experts who have devoted their expertises, and special thanks to UNICEF and KOICA in Laos for providing financial support, in the development of the guidelines on alternative care for children without appropriate care in the Lao PDR.

It is hoped that this guide will be a part of the effort to strengthening the protection and assistance of the children in the Lao PDR.

 

Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare

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