Changing Minds, Policies and Lives: Improving protection of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Redirecting resources to community-based services

Innocenti Publications


Changing Minds, Policies and Lives: Improving protection of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Redirecting resources to community-based services
  • Date of Publication
    • 2003
  • Pages
    • 101
  • ISBN
    • 88-89129-02-6
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 327U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English





Description

One of the legacies of the command economy in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has been a system of social protection for vulnerable individuals which focuses on institutional care.This paper provides a framework to help countries re-orient their financing systems for social care, so that they can implement a change programme for the social care system. The ultimate objective is for countries to use more family-based and inclusive care programmes, and use institutional care as a last resort, thus supporting families to care for their vulnerable members rather than place them in residential care. Family-based and inclusive care are generally more effective in meeting social needs and are, at least on a unit cost basis, less expensive. Changing the financing system will not automatically reduce institutionalization.

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Thematic area

Countries in Transition   / 

Thesaurus

child related policies   /  child welfare   /  economic reform   /  economic transition   /  family welfare   /