ChildLinK signed a multi million dollar project with the Delegation of the European Union to Guyana to implement the Recovery Strengthening and Reintegration (RSR) initiative. This story was covered by the Stabroek News and Kaieteur News. The overall objective of this project is the adoption of international guidelines and the development and implementation of a local policy on reintegrating children back to family based care in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) for the reintegration of 120 children from residential care back to family based care.
The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) will be a key partner in the planning, implementation and sustainability of the RSR. An assessment of all 749 children in residential care will be conducted by the CPA to select 120 children who, along with their family, are ready to be reintegrated into family based care. Additionally, a Reintegration Working Group (RWG) which consists of 10 stakeholders, will be assembled to complete a local reintegration policy. Training will be provided for the 10 RWG members in addition to 42 Human Rights Workers. The training will cover areas such as such as family counselling, networking, advocacy, etc. so that they can support the implementation of the policy and guidelines.
A preventative component of the RSR will be realized through the public education activities. 2,500 children at risk of separation from their families and 2,000 parents of at risk children will be targeted through a public education campaign utilizing the traditional media and social media. 375 at risk children will be targeted for mentoring sessions and 300 parents of at risk children will receive parenting skills education in an effort to prevent these children from being separated from their families as well as to support parents to strengthen their family bond.
ChildLinK and the CPA recognizes the importance of family based care. Children are more likely to realize their potential in a family based setting as opposed to a residential care setting. The RSR will work to strengthen the capacity of the CPA and other stakeholders to to reintegrate children back into their family and prevent at risk children of being separated from their family.