Reintegrating children out of residential care settings back into community and family can be a challenging process that requires strong buy-in from multiple stakeholders. Failure to secure buy-in and clearly communicate the reasons for reintegration, as well as the process, can cause numerous issues that can ultimately affect the outcomes for the child. Securing buy-in, however, is far more complex than simply discussing what is in the best interests of the child. It requires social workers or technical staff to first understand the range of motivations and personal concerns that can differ for each stakeholder group and tailor communication strategies accordingly.
In this two-part video series, Nou Dalin, part of the social work team with Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT), discusses her experience of working in partnership with the Department of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (DoSVY) to implement the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) Action Plan on Improving Childcare in Battambang Province in Cambodia. Dalin focuses on her learning with respect to communicating with orphanage directors, caregiver staff, families and children to achieve buy-in for reintegration of children in residential care institutions. Dalin shares insights into the nuances and differences in approach for each stakeholder group and discusses the risk to children in cases where buy-in is not secured.
This video is part of a series of practitioner learning videos from Cambodia.