Identifying and Addressing Risk in the Implementation of Alternative Care Policies in Cambodian

J. Hum. Rights Soc. Work (2019). DOI/10.1007/s41134-018-0087-y

Posted: 6 Feb 2019

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Patricia Fronek

Griffith University - School of Allied Health and Social Work; and Law Futures

Robert Common

Save the Children, Cambodia

Karen Rotabi

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Johnny Statham

Save the Children, Cambodia

Date Written: January 31, 2019

Abstract

Propelled by a commitment to the rights of children, Cambodia is moving forward with family-based alternative care initiatives that build on existing efforts to strengthen the child protection system. This short human rights in action article take a critical approach to the translation of policy to practice and highlights risks involved with haste, outcomes measured in numbers and unrealistic timeframes, and rapidly transforming practice with nascent investment in a country’s capacity to assess and respond to the real needs of children and families within their communities. The importance of continuing collaboration between government and civil society, building workforce capacity and gatekeeping initiatives is discussed as essential to address challenges while strengthening responses to vulnerable children and families. We conclude that less haste and more capacity building are important to mitigate against risk and make eight recommendations supported by collaborations between government and civil society to strengthen the system.

Keywords: Child Rights, Alternative Care, Cambodia

Suggested Citation

Fronek, Patricia and Common, Robert and Rotabi, Karen and Statham, Johnny, Identifying and Addressing Risk in the Implementation of Alternative Care Policies in Cambodian (January 31, 2019). J. Hum. Rights Soc. Work (2019). DOI/10.1007/s41134-018-0087-y, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3326826

Patricia Fronek (Contact Author)

Griffith University - School of Allied Health and Social Work; and Law Futures ( email )

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Robert Common

Save the Children, Cambodia ( email )

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Cambodia

Karen Rotabi

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) ( email )

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United Arab Emirates

Johnny Statham

Save the Children, Cambodia ( email )

PO Box 34, House 5, St 242
Sangkat Chaktomuk, Khan Daun Penh,
Phnom Penh, 12207
Cambodia

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