This country page features an interactive, icon-based data dashboard providing a national-level overview of the status of children’s care and care reform efforts (a “Country Care Snapshot”), along with a list of resources and organizations in the country.
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Action Plan for improving child care with the target of safely returning 30 per cent of children in residential care to their families 2016-2018
Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates
Shaping the national social protection strategy in Cambodia: Global influence and national ownership
Towards a Social Protection Strategy for the Poor and Vulnerable: Outcomes of the consultation process
Report on Results of the Implementation of the Action Plan for Improving Child Care with the Target of Safely Returning 30 Percent of Children in Residential Care to their Families by 2019
Data for this country care snapshot was contributed by partners at Family Care First and UNICEF Cambodia.
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“They would always say they were coming back, but they never came back.” These are the words of Sinet Chan in her letter to the Australian government. As a child, Chan spent years in a Cambodian orphanage after losing both of her parents to HIV. Describing her experiences during her formative years there, Chan recounted being forced to entertain the constant stream of visitors from abroad by singing songs and playing games with them in order to encourage donations to the orphanage. “The volunteers were nice people, trying to help us,” Chan wrote, “But now I realise it was a form of exploitation, using us to generate funding.”
Cambodian Minister of Social Affairs Vong Sauth has called on all relevant authorities to resolve children’s protection issues and implement the National Strategy following the launch of the National Policy on Child Protection System 2019-2029 in September.
Vaccination of boys and girls aged six to 12 has surpassed initial estimates of 1,897,382 to be vaccinated (based on 2019 census) with more than 1,907,695 having received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Ministry of Social Affairs has reiterated its commitment to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of eliminating violence against children globally by 2030.
New analysis indicates lost contribution to economies due to mental disorders among young people is nearly $390 billion a year worldwide, stressed a UNICEF’s news release.
The Goal of the Prakas is to ensure the best interests of the child and protect the basic rights of the child separated from his/her biological parents and receiving kinship or foster care, so that they are safe and thriving in a warm, loving and happy family environment.
This Prakas was drafted in accordance with Cambodia’s policies, standards and regulations to enable the implementation of kinship care and foster care. The Goal of the Prakas is to ensure the best interests of the child and protect the basic rights of the child separated from his/her biological parents and receiving kinship or foster care, so that they are safe and thriving in a warm, loving and happy family environment.
This is a recording of the National Launch of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty in Cambodia, conducted on 22 April 2021.
This paper examines the lived experiences of children who interacted with tourists in a performance-based orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
This study explores the effect of COVID-19 on a small number of privately run and funded residential care institutions by conducting a qualitative research study comprising 21 semi-structured interviews across seven focus countries.