BOTSWANA: User-friendly Guide to the Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Author: Ministry of Local Government, Department of Social Services - Botswana
Document Type: Guidelines
Document Abstract:

The Ministry of Local Government adopted National Guidelines on the Care of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in 2008. The guidelines are intended to serve as pointers to organisations and individuals working or intending to work with orphans and vulnerable children by promoting effective responses and discouraging harmful practices.

The Ministry of Local Government, Department of Social Services—in partnership with the Marang Child Care Network Trust and with technical assistance and financial support from Task Order 1 of the USAID | Health Policy Initiative—drafted this User-friendly Guide to ensure wider awareness of the content of the OVC Guidelines and the Children’s Act by service providers, caregivers, children, police officers, social workers, and the community at large.

The User-friendly Guide includes key points from the OVC Guidelines and Children’s Act that should be used frequently. The User-friendly Guide is designed to help nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs), social workers, volunteers, and other services providers understand what the ministry’s expectations are in terms of service provision to OVC. The guide is also intended to help parents, guardians, community members, and children themselves understand their rights and responsibilities, how to access services, and where to go for further information.

The guide can also serve as an advocacy and awareness-raising tool for NGOs, CBOs, social workers, parents, guardians, community members, and OVC to raise awareness of issues related to OVC; mobilise communities to better support and protect children; advocate for the rights of parents and children; and raise awareness of the different roles and responsibilities of parents, family members, community members, and service providers.

Focus Country: Botswana
Language: English
Date added: 2015-07-15 09:37:03    Hits: 1125

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