Victim Support and Assistance
This program aims to provide child victims and families with immediate crisis support and legal assistance as well as access to prolonged specialist services, particularly during the investigations and prosecutions of their offenders.
Social rehabilitation and legal services are vital components of a child protection system. APLE continues to provide child victims and their families with crisis support at the rescue stage such as psychological counselling, social/welfare assistance, referral to specialist medical care and safe accommodation. Working alongside, APLE legal team provides free legal counselling, court related assistance and representation for child victims, witnesses and families through all stages of the legal proceedings. Further, APLE monitors the legal process regarding child- sensitivity and advocates in the child’s best interests.
Crisis Intervention And Psychosocial Support
Our team of social workers work alongside the police to provide immediate crisis interventions to rescued child victims. They provide psychological counseling, social, and welfare support and assess their needs to facilitate referral to appropriate services. They continue to accompany the child, for example during testifying in court, and provide follow-up support as needed. The team also develops and disseminates best practice guidelines for promoting coordinated victim service through building strategic partnerships with other service providers.
Legal Advice, Assistance and Representation
Our legal team helps child victims and their families with legal advice, representation and assistance as they are pursuing justice in court. The legal service is available for child victims and their families throughout the court proceedings. To ensure effective legal remedies and reparations, our legal team collaborates with the relevant government institutions, law enforcement agencies, child right organisations and pro bono lawyer network to assist child victims in bringing civil claims to both local and foreign court jurisdictions.
Access to Prolonged Specialist Care and Rehabilitation Services
Formal partnerships with government and NGO service providers are established and strengthened to increase referrals and complementary services for child victims and their families. We' develop and implement a robust Case Management System to manage referrals to specialist services, according to the government policy/guideline. We ensure adequate services are age-appropriate, gender-sensitive and accessible to child victims from the start to the end of their legal proceedings.
Who we engage with
We engage with government and NGO service providers for referrals of child victims to appropriate long-term support services. We play an important coordinating role in assessing the needs of child victims and their families and ensuring they have free access to comprehensive services. Key partners in the service provision include Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and their provincial departments (DoSVY), and NGOs providing child protection services who are members of the Family Care First network.
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