50354-001: Policy and Social Work Services for Vulnerable Children | Asian Development Bank

China, People's Republic of: Policy and Social Work Services for Vulnerable Children

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50354-001 Status: Approved

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has requested support to improve the response to the needs of vulnerable children through support from social workers in the provision of services to vulnerable children. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) to develop policy recommendations which will strengthen social work services for vulnerable children through (i) research on international experience, (ii) development of guidelines for service standards, and (iii) training requirements for social workers. This will help improve the social protection system for vulnerable children and ensure that their needs are better met.

Project Details

Project Officer
Nigam, Jayati East Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • China, People's Republic of
Modality
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Policy and Social Work Services for Vulnerable Children
Project Number 50354-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9360-PRC: Policy and Social Work Services for Vulnerable Children
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 400,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has requested support to improve the response to the needs of vulnerable children through support from social workers in the provision of services to vulnerable children. The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) to develop policy recommendations which will strengthen social work services for vulnerable children through (i) research on international experience, (ii) development of guidelines for service standards, and (iii) training requirements for social workers. This will help improve the social protection system for vulnerable children and ensure that their needs are better met.

The TA is aligned with the Asian Development Bank's country partnership strategy for the PRC, 2016-2020 and the Social Protection Operational Plan 2014 2020 and is included in the PRC country operations business plan, 2017 2019. The TA is also aligned with the PRC Thirteenth Five-Year Plan which states that there will be sustained commitment to _provide care, psychological counseling, and other services for children in need_ in addition to _providing special care for left-behind children in rural areas._

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The PRC has been experiencing rapid demographic and social change as a result of economic growth over the last three decades. The shift from a centrally-planned to market-based economy in 1978, led to rapid economic and social development with gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging at nearly 10% every year, and pulling nearly 800 million people out of poverty. This rapid growth has, however, brought with it a set of challenges and new vulnerabilities, including increased inequality, pockets of persistent poverty, and changing family structures driven in part by rapid urbanization, internal migration, and industrialization. One vulnerability due to economic growth, particular to the PRC, is as consequence of rural-urban migration and the hukou system, of children who are left behind in rural areas by parents in search of better employment opportunities. Despite significant reductions in their numbers over the past few years, this is still a substantial number of children.

Unbalanced economic growth has created a group of children who are vulnerable due to poverty, disability, special needs, or failing parental care. In the PRC Thirteenth Five-Year Plan, the PRC has outlined plans to promote better care and protection for vulnerable children _living in difficulties._ This is defined as children left behind by parents, those living in poverty, those living with disability, orphans, and children without parental care. Most recently, in 2016, PRC State Council Order No. 36: Opinions on Strengthening the Guarantee for Destitute Children which outlined the need for social work to help rehabilitate and improve the lives of vulnerable children. Vulnerable children have special needs and may be neglected for a number of social, political, and economic reasons. The purpose of this TA is to help MOCA develop the necessary policies and social work system which will be able to support vulnerable children across all of the categories adduced above, to ensure their well-being and opportunities in society.

Impact Policy environment for social work services for vulnerable children strengthened
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Social work system for vulnerable children strengthened
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Policy recommendations and operational guidelines on strengthening social work services for vulnerable children developed

Assessment report of potential IT system and database prepared

Awareness of social work services for vulnerable children enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The consultants will be engaged by ADB in accordance with the Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The consultants will be selected based on their academic qualifications and relevant work experience. ADB will engage directly all consultants through the individual consultant selection for a total of 29 person months and an estimated amount of $230,000 (does not include per diem of consultants), i.e., an international senior specialist in social work for children and five national consultants composed of (i) team leader/specialist in social work for children; (ii) specialist on service standards and models; (iii) information technology specialist; (iv) specialist on service training guidelines; and (v) administrative assistant.
Responsible ADB Officer Nigam, Jayati
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Civil Affairs
147 Beiheyan Dajie
Dongcheng District,
Beijing 100721
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Jun 2017
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 23 Aug 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Aug 2017

TA 9360-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Aug 2017 - - 31 Aug 2019 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
400,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 400,000.00 23 Aug 2017 0.00

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