Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Social Affairs has announced the introduction of the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) in Cambodia, as it has been found that the number of children living in care centers 59% decrease compared to 5 years ago.

The CPIMS was developed under the auspices of UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union and other partner organizations, with 50 indicators of five core sectors related Child protection is under the jurisdiction of 14 ministries and 2 partner organizations.

This information system will allow ministries, agencies, agencies, development agencies, NGOs, information seekers and the public to access information and data on the progress of child protection services. Develop policies, action plans, evaluation reports to support and protect children.

Toch Channy, spokesman for the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, told the Post on June 27 that the system was set up because of past ministries and institutions. Many different child protection practices, such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Women's Affairs, are not relevant. Gather in one place, it is in different ministries.

He said: "All the reasons that gave me the initiative is to bind a database under the control of the Ministry. Social work, in any case, as long as it involves child protection, is already in the system with the support of partners. This is why we do it. ”

Toch Channy continued: “Then we can control. So where this database came from is in our location. So, from any port, you have to enter that location. Every ministry has data, you have to send it into that system. Thus, the Ministry of Social Affairs is in charge of Central. "So we know where the child protection is."

A joint statement issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs and UNICEF on 25 June stated that the CPIMS system measures the progress of child protection and digitizes the data. Provides easy access to on-demand data.

The press release states that all 50 indicators are used to monitor and evaluate the progress of child protection. The new system helps fill in the gaps, which are important and necessary inputs for the development of an effective child protection system.

The joint statement said that the Ministry of Social Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the bulletin board of the CPIMS system and would like to thank the ministries and institutions that co-organized This useful tool to provide better services and would like to thank UNICEF for providing technical assistance to USAID and the European Union for financial support in setting up the defense system. Children in digital form, which makes the system even better.

On the same day, the Ministry also announced the release of the report on the five-year action plan for improving child care services, with the goal of Have at least 30% of children living in day care return safely to their families.

The Ministry of Social Affairs, in collaboration with UNICEF USAID and the European Union, in 2016 announced the implementation of this action plan, developing an action plan to integrate children from care centers to family care. Provide support for the care of families living together and encourage the use of care options other than placing children in care centers.

"As a result of the implementation of the plan, it was found that since the plan was announced, the number of child care centers has decreased by 43% and the number of children living there has increased," the statement said. In less than 59% of care centers.

"The information on the CIPMS is a useful tool for developing and improving policies and services," said Ms. Ferguson Youssef, UNICEF Country Director for Cambodia.

"The progress we have made brings with it a lot of fun, because nurturing and caring with the protection of the family is very important for the well-being of the children," she said.

"But we still have a lot of work to do to ensure the full implementation of family-centered policies and the provision of support services to families," she said. "Empower parents to provide care and protection for their children."