27/06/2016 | ACWC Special Meeting on ASEAN Integrative Child Protection System
27 June 2016
Chiang Mai, Thailand
All ASEAN Member States (AMS) have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). However, ASEAN has yet to develop its own standard performance on child protection systems that can be applied to existing ASEAN and national mechanisms. In most inter-regional cases, there are difficulties and challenges to protect children as AMS have different policies and mechanisms in the treatment of child victims. In addition, most AMS have very limited integrative standard on child protection system and mostly are issue-based such as child trafficking, children in conflict with the law, discrimination against education, sexual exploitation and violence against children among other issues.
To address this issue, there is a need to assess the existing standard performance on child protection systems (CPS) in ASEAN Member States (AMS) through a baseline study in order to come up with a standard performance for an Integrative Child Protection System in ASEAN. The baseline study will help guide the development of a standard performance on integrative child protection system, which will be recommended to AMS for consideration into their national policy and programs and standard operational procedures on handling children issues.
To achieve this objective, there will be a series of activities ranging from the conduct of baseline study, creation of a task force, national and regional consultations, report writing, and validation workshops that will be implemented by the ACWC. The conduct of the baseline study has already started in 2014 and will be continued in the 2015 cycle, with Indonesia as the proponent country.
The final drafts of the baseline study and standard performance on integrative child protection system will be submitted to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD) and other ASEAN Sectoral Bodies.