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UNICEF SOS roundtable
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 20 April 2012. — Key members of Regional Departments for Inspectors of Guardianship and Trusteeship and Regional Commissions of Minors from across Uzbekistan met together today in Tashkent to discuss practical aspects of implementation of the UN Guidelines on Alternative Care and thus to strenghen the protection of children without parental care. The roundtable meeting was convened jointly by the SOS Children’s Villages Uzbekistan Association and UNICEF. Representatives of Ministries of Education, Health, Labour and Social Protection and the Office of
Theroundtable equipped front line decision makers with knowledge and toolsto provide care for children in their own families. The UN Guidelines on Alternative Care were discussed to understand and promoteideas foralternative forms of family type care rather than placing children in institutions.
The family holds the fundamental responsibility and provides the best natural environment for the growth,
Many studies show that there can bemany harmfulsocial and developmental consequences for children who have beeninstitutionalised which may affect them for the rest of their life. They can grow up to have very low
Ms. Christine Gale, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, and Ms. Gulchekhra Nigmadjanova, SOS Children’s Villages Uzbekistan Advocacy Advisor,conducted interactive workshop activitiesintroducing key principles of the Convention of the Rights of the Children and the UN Guidelines on Alternative Care and creating a platform for panel discussions. The participants brainstormed over and reflected on how to ensure appropriateness and necessity principles are best implemented intheir own work to safeguard children.
For further information, please contact:
UNICEF Uzbekistan: Ms. Christine Gale, Child Protection Specialist, at (99871) 2339512
SOS Children’s Villages Uzbekistan Association: Ms. Gulchekhra Nigmadjanova, SOS Children’s Villages Uzbekistan Advocacy Advisor, at (99871) 1203783
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