Child care systems
UNICEF collaborates with the government on further improvements in the national child care system.
Turkey has a strong legislation framework and a broad range of services designed to prevent and address child protection risks and violations. Policies to strengthen the protective role of families, accelerate economic development and reverse deep-seated inequities are in place and alternative care systems have gradually progressed towards de-institutionalization and family-based care.
Significant investments were also made in expanding the quality and provision of protection services across the continuum of care and in strengthening the social service workforce, ensuring that sufficient capacities are in place to prevent and respond to violence against women and children and promote social inclusion of the most excluded and marginalized groups.
UNICEF in Turkey focuses on strengthening national and local child protection systems in the areas below:
- Supporting the formulation of legislation, policies and regulatory frameworks to guide the designing and provision of child protection services across the continuum of care;
- Strengthening the quality and coverage of outreach services to ensure that the most vulnerable families and children, including refugees, can be assessed and referred to social services if required and strengthening the effectiveness of the case management system.
- Strengthening the social service work force, ensuring that the human resources capacity of relevant child protection authorities effectively promotes and facilitates human development, social inclusion for the most disadvantaged groups of society.
- Strengthening alternative care services and particularly family care services for vulnerable Turkish and refugee children, to prevent institutionalization and so every child can grow up in a family environment.
- Supporting the Child Protection component of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education to ensure that Syrian and other refugee children who are at risk of or who have dropped out from school are identified, assessed and, if required, referred to support services;
- Providing support to state authorities in establishing capacity to deliver basic and advanced psycho-social care services to children in need.