The findings of the study: An Analysis of the Nature and Extent of Institutionalization of Children (click here to view a copy) in Guyana was shared with the public at a simple ceremony done at Moray House Trust on 29th July, 2016. This study is the first of four thematic studies ChildLinK will embark on under the Child Rights Alliance.
The Analysis found that there are 829 children in alternative care in Guyana as at April, 2016: 179 are in foster care and 650 are in residential care facilities for children. Although having a place for children to be housed and taken care of is useful, institutional care is known to have its disadvantages for the growth and development of children. The Analysis also revealed that there are 299 boys and 351 girls currently living in residential care. Girls between 10 to 17 recorded the highest number of placements accounting for 38% of children in residential care.
There are 23 residential care facilities in Guyana, all of which are located in Regions 3, 4 and 6. Various forms of child abuse, poverty and a weakened family structure were identified as the primary cause of children being placed in residential care. Girls between the ages of 10 to 16 were often victims of sexual abuse while boys were mainly victims of physical abuse.