Child Frontiers in Timor-Leste

2019 : [ UNICEF Timor Leste ] : Child and Family Welfare Development Phase 5 Training

​Child Frontiers is continuing the process to strengthen the child and family welfare system in Timor-Leste in the next phase of engagement with the Government of Timor-Leste and UNICEF. In 2011, Child Frontiers conducted the first national mapping of the child and family welfare system, followed by a lengthy process of facilitation to develop the Child and Family Welfare System Policy (2013). Child Frontiers then facilitated a series of consultations to operationalize the new policy in 2014. Between 2015-17, Child Frontiers facilitated the government’s program to pilot policy implementation in three municipalities (Dili, Oecusse and Viqueque) through reflective practices and capacity development of the social welfare workforce, as well as working at the national level to institutionalize the reform process. The current phase of work is essentially the culmination of all these efforts: Child Frontiers and Ba Futuru are working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity's (MSS) Technical Working Group (TWG) to complete the training component of Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening in the three pilot locations and to equip them to lead reflective practices in the municipalities, as well as helping MSS institutionalize the reform process. At the end of this period of work, it is envisioned that the Government of Timor-Leste will be ready to roll out implementation of the Child and Family Welfare Policy nationally, including capacity development for the social welfare workforce.

2015 : [ UNICEF Timor-Leste ] : Child and Family Welfare System Development

Child Frontiers supported UNICEF Timor-Leste on implementation of the Child and Family Welfare Policy Development (2014). This next phase included preparation for and piloting of the implementation of the policy in three municipalities (Dili, Oecusse and Viqueque). Child Frontiers also advised and guided the policy implementation, documentation and evaluation. This phase also included a second component, the capacity development of the social welfare workforce in the Government. Child Frontiers' specialists supported the development and delivery of specialised capacity building modules.

2014 : [ UNICEF Timor-Leste ] : Child & Welfare System Policy Development

Building upon recommendations of the mapping of the Timor-Leste child and family welfare system conducted in 2011, Child Frontiers facilitated a consultative process with the Ministry of Social Solidarity in collaboration with key national stakeholders to draft a Child and Family Welfare System Policy in 2012. The next phase of this process involved developing a detailed implementation plan based on existing and planned financial and human resources. The approach adopted reflects existing Timorese values about individual, family and collective rights and responsibilities and utilises practical and culturally acceptable ways of helping families and children. The process was highly consultative, involving Government counterparts and key stakeholders, including communities and children. Key components include a human resource strategy, system costing plan, roll-out plan for piloting and implementing the system nationwide, as well as a capacity development framework for the social welfare workforce within the new child and family welfare system.

2012 : [ UNICEF Timor Leste ] : Child & Family Welfare System Policy Development

Child Frontiers assisted the Government of Timor-Leste to develop a Child and Family Welfare System Policy through a consultative process with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and key national stakeholders. This included the development of a comprehensive directory of service providers and review of the mandated roles and priorities of agencies with responsibilities for child protection. The policy endeavored to strike a balance between national aspirations, the Timorese cultural and social context and available human and financial resources. The working group made strategic choices in an effort to achieve greater compliance with international standards while designing a system congruent with the national culture and practices.

2011 : [ UNICEF EAPRO] : Mapping and Assessment of Child and Family Welfare Systems in Southeast Asia

From 2009 to 2011, Child Frontiers supported several UNICEF Country Offices in Southeast Asia to conduct assessments of their national child and family welfare systems. These studies were conducted following the implementation of the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific regional strategy and were closely aligned to the toolkit developed to conceptualize and build national protection systems. The overall objective was to provide government ministries and agencies responsible for child and family welfare with a snapshot of the status and functioning of their evolving systems, enabling them to steer their planning and resources towards a more comprehensive and functional model. The final reports for the respective countries studied can be downloaded at the following links: INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, TIMOR-LESTE, LAO PDR.

2009 : [ UNICEF EAPRO ] : Child Protection in Emergencies (Preparedness & Response)

In partnership with the UNICEF's Asia Pacific Shared Services Centre (Emergency Unit), Child Frontiers provided a program of tailored technical capacity building and support to 12 countries in the region. Acting within the framework of the UN Humanitarian Reform Process, the Core Commitment for Children, and Cluster Approach, Child Frontiers supported UNICEF staff and their national counterparts in emergency preparedness and response to natural disasters and civil conflict. Ultimately, this program was designed to enable UNICEF officers to fulfil their child protection responsibilities under the cluster approach. The countries included under the program were: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.

2009 : [ Plan International ] : Review and Evaluation of the Emergency Child Protection Response in Timor-Leste

Drawing on the experience of child protection programming during Plan International's emergency response to the crisis in Timor-Leste in 2006, Child Frontiers shared knowledge and built preparedness within Plan and externally on integrating child protection into emergency response.

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