GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE STRENGTHENING SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE CARE SYSTEMS FOR THE CHILDREN IN NEED OF CARE AND PROTECTION

 

Government says it remains committed and dedicated to supporting and promoting sustainable alternative care systems for the children in need of care and protection across the country.

Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Ms. Doreen Mwamba, has since reiterated that government’s collective goal is to ensure that no child grows up alone, but in a family setting with love, respect, dignity and security.

The Minister was speaking in a speech read on her behalf by Director for planning, Mr. Patrick Choolwe, during the official launch of the 2023 – 2027 National Strategy for SOS Children’s Villages in Zambia

Ms. Mwamba said government will therefore continue to work closely with SOS children’s villages in Zambia by facilitating the legal and regulatory support to ensure that vulnerable children and young people are placed in care within the confines of the law.

She implored the organization to uphold its strategic goal for the next five years, aiming to transform the organization into a recognized leader in innovative alternative care for the children in need of care.

‘In this regard, the Children’s Code Act no. 12 of 2022 is in place to protect the rights of children in Zambia with Government also having developed minimum standards of care for childcare facilities and other guiding regulations on children’s welfare”, she said

And SOS Children Villages, Board Chairperson, Mr. Joseph Nakaanga, said the organization will focus on reducing numbers of children in the Children’s villages by reintegrating and reunifying them with their families of origin.

He said recent research has shown that the best place to raise children for them to grow into responsible citizens is the family and the community hosting the family.

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