Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - NGOs push for tougher standards

NGOs push for tougher standards

Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh in 2000. Philippe Lopez/AFP.
Cambodian orphans play together as they wait for adoption at Kien Klaing orphanage center in Phnom Penh in 2000. Philippe Lopez/AFP.

NGOs push for tougher standards

A group of NGOs have launched an advisory body to devise minimum standards for social workers in a bid to decrease the number of children in government institutions.

Headed by Hagar International and Save the Children, the group will consult with government and non-government experts to finalise guidelines by April 2018.

“Our focus is on increasing the number of children in the right family environment,” said Hagar project manager Sandra Veloso.

“We know from concrete research that children have a better chance at life if kept in a loving family environment institutions are not good for their personal growth and social development.”

The advisory group is funded under a broader $6 million project by USAID. At present, there is one social worker for every 6,646 children in the Kingdom, and an estimated 49,000 children are living in residential care.

Ministry of Social Affairs secretary of state Nim Thoth yesterday noted a lack of government resources to deal with the issue, saying, “We need help from you, but we must [also] help ourselves.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Cambodia’s image problem

    In opening remarks at a recent event, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luy David said information can be a double-edged sword. He told a European Institute of Asian Studies (EIAS) briefing seminar that the media has unfairly presented

  • Kingdom's trade deal with EU questioned before poll

    A European Union (EU) mission met with senior government officials at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday as the 28-member bloc monitors an agreement under which Cambodian goods reach the crucial European market tariff-free. Some 10 commissioners are in the Kingdom as part of a seven-day

  • A new carrier takes off in capital

    Cambodia Airways, the latest passenger airline to enter the Kingdom, launched its first domestic flight on Tuesday. Flight KR801, carrying 145 passengers, left the Phnom Penh International Airport at 9:50am and landed in Siem Reap at 10:35am in an Airbus A319. Cambodia Airways marketing and branding

  • Japan urges parties to talk

    The Japanese delegation to the United Nations (UN) expressed concern for the current political situation in Cambodia and urged all stakeholders to promote dialogue. The delegation’s remarks were read out at the UN’s 38th session on Human Rights on Thursday. Mitsuko Shino, speaking