Enhancing Alternative Care Opportunities for Children with Disabilities in the Kingdom of Cambodia

ISS Australia, UNICEF, ISS

This report was commissioned by Cambodia's Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), with support from UNICEF and was prepared by International Social Service Australia (ISS) and the ISS General Secretariat, with involvement of MoSVY staff.

A needs assessment was conducted in late 2016 with the specific purpose to develop a plan to build the capacity of professional staff of Government and NGOs who are working with children with disabilities in alternative care in order to strengthen the quality of care and to identify strategies to promote family and community-based care for children with disabilities.

The needs assessment provides a summary of the situation of children with disabilities who are living in residential care institutions and in communities and proposes seven key recommendations and relevant concrete actions for the short, medium and long term to improve the quality of care of children with disabilities living in institutions and to ensure that they have better access to basic services and are living in a protective environment.