Local child protection in the Philippines: A case study of actors, processes and key risks for children

Steven Roche, Catherine Flynn

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This article explores the child protection actors, processes and child maltreatment issues in a regional Local Government Unit in the Philippines. Utilising a qualitative case study design, it engages with 14 young people with histories of child maltreatment and 13 key child protection actors, exploring their views and experiences of child protection actions, processes and outcomes. The findings highlight informal community-based actors, including neighbours, family, friends and non-government organisations in initial responses to child maltreatment, compared to formal child protection actors, who respond to severe maltreatment utilising a legal framework. Actors are constrained by limited government capacity and community reach, revealing misalignment between formal child protection activities and breadth of risks for children. Non-government organisations assist child protection efforts through the provision of residential care. Policy recommendations include strengthening relationships between formal actors and communities, expanding early intervention activities, and developing the capacity of community-based child protection actors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-383
Number of pages17
Journal Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies
Issue number3
Early online dateSep 2021
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


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