Community Protection in Bangkok
HOST International – Thailand (auspiced by Peace and Culture Foundation) is working with local partners to develop community based protection capacity in Bangkok. We do this by offering a case management programme for refugee and asylum seeker children and their families that have been recently released from immigration detention centres and by working with Government departments and local stakeholders to expand community protection options.
Following the recent signing of the Thai Government’s Memorandum of Understanding on the Determination of Measures and Approaches Alternative to Detention of Children in Immigration Detention Centers on 21st January 2019, HOST International is working in partnership with Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth to implement an effective Alternative to Detention programme. Some of our case management activities include, but are not limited to:
- Pre-release counselling and bail preparation
- Sourcing and securing safe and appropriate accommodation
- Transportation and orientation into the local community
- Provision of essential material items
- Development of a child-focussed case management plan based on family strengths, needs, and goals
- Facilitating access to medical care, legal support, education, training and other services
- Provision of needs-based emergency relief payments for living, transport, and medical costs
- Psycho-social support and life skills education for parents and children
- Community outreach and sensitisation
Our case managers are working closing with the Thai Department of Children and Youth (DCY) staff and are undertaking joint activities particularly during pre-release, release, and family reunification. We are working with DCY as they build appropriate approaches and systems for working with refugee and asylum seeker children in the community. Additionally, as Thailand moves towards a national screening mechanism for refugees, we will work closely with Thailand’s Immigration Bureau to support its implementation.
HOST International is also exploring programming opportunities in Livelihoods and Vocational Training.