Child Protection

Nepal is a country where children’s rights are too often violated due to multiple and various factors, such as the extreme poverty of many families, social turmoil and fragmented political and social context. There is a lack of well-trained social workers, who are able to respond to the needs and problems of children at risk of abandonment, children already institutionalized or those about to leave the child care centers as they have nearly reached adulthood.
There are many non-governmental organizations in Nepal providing general training. In this scenario, the Social Work Institute (SWI) is the only NGO which promotes social work course (short term and long term courses) to ground level people to capacitate human resources for community development.
The courses in Social Work currently offered by SWI are however quite general. Therefore, it important that the students may acquire more professional skills and competencies on child rights through specialization course.  
Students attending the new specialization courses will need to put in practice what they have learned during the frontal classes and field visits. It is important to carry out an internship experience with NGOs or public authorities (such as the District Child Welfare Boards), which will enable them to bridge the existing gap between theory and practice.
Since the students of the Social Work Institute will work directly on the ground, they need to get a more structured training, focused on lessening the dependency of the beneficiaries towards the social welfare.  SWI, therefore, represents training realities which shall be empowered by organizing specific training and establishing new and more structured paths, tailored to the needs of the beneficiaries and aimed at preparing competent social workers.

General Objectives

  •  Contribute to preventing child abandonment and prolonged stay of children in institutions;
  • Promote effective mechanisms to support poor households, especially those composed by young lonely mothers and children, living in marginal urban areas or in rural areas with high risk migration;
  •  Helping to reduce the phenomenon of school dropouts that will lead the children, the future adults of tomorrow, in a vicious cycle of poverty passed over by a generation to the other;
  •  Tackling the phenomenon of street children, especially those that land up in the streets of the city of Kathmandu due to internal migration flows;
  •  Promoting social inclusion of young care leavers who are preparing to exit the child protection system from residential care houses because they reached adulthood;
  •  Strengthening the child protection system through the enhancement of local educational resources on social work;
  •  Promote national adoption for children in institutions as well as daytime foster care interventions for children at risk of abandonment as alternative protection forms to prolonged institutionalization.

Specific Objectives

  • Increase the potential capacity of the interventions of professionals working in the social field in favor of children at NGOs and local government bodies;
  • Acquisition of a new know-how by social workers engaged in the work with socially vulnerable children with regard to mechanisms of de-institutionalization, implementation of appropriate administrative and judicial proceedings addressing children living in residential child care, family and community services in support for foster care and for national adoption;
  • Strengthening the NGOs working to protect and support orphans, street children, children without adequate parental care, young people who are leaving institutions or children living in poverty;
  • Sensitization of the Nepali civil society, local and central government t as well as the donor community about the social needs of children at risk of abandonment or those living in prolonged staying residential child homes; about the relevance to have social workers that are properly trained; the importance of the role of such operators and their ability to create synergies between actors who provide child care services and those actors that provide training opportunities for social workers.

Child Rights Perspective

  • Child development (12 hours)
  • Child protection within the context of Nepal (6 hours)
  • Children at risk  (24 hours)
  • Child in the context of the family (12 hours)
  • Child welfare policies and laws (12 hours)
  • Existing child welfare programmes and services in Nepal (12 hours)
  • Working with children-1 (Micro) (18hours)
  • Working with family and groups (Mezzo) (6 hours)
  • Working with community (Macro) (6hours)
  • Professional values and ethics of social worker engaged in child welfare (2 hours)
  • Case management (12 hours)
  • Alternative care of children without primary caregivers (12 hours)
  • Macro tools (48 hours)