In 2012, the Coram Children's Legal Centre hosted a delegation of policymakers for a study visit on child protection. The main focus of this study visit was to promote knowledge and understanding among policymakers in Uzbekistan about international standards on child protection and the legal basis and practical operation of the child protection system in the UK and to build the capacity of these policymakers to develop effective child protection legislation and policies.
The CCLC enhanced the knowledge among policymakers in Uzbekistan about:
o International standards on child protection;
o The role of social workers in the child protection system;
o Methods of multi-agency working in child protection systems;
o The legal basis and practical operation of the child protection system in the UK; and
o The importance of including child protection provisions in the Law on Guardianship and of developing additional regulations on child protection.
The Uzbek delegation enjoyed a full programme of visits, presentations, meetings and workshops over the seven day study tour. The programme was developed and arranged by CCLC with input from UNICEF Uzbekistan.
In 2008, CCLC was asked by UNICEF Uzbekistan to support a working group in preparing a conceptual framework to review the national legislation on child protection, particularly legislation and regulations on children without family care. The CCLC aided the working group by providing information on international standards and examples of good regulatory practice regarding alternative care arrangements.
Once the working group had drafted new regulations, CCLC then provided an expert opinion and guided the group to revise realistic and up to date regulations and draft amendments for other legislation to ensure all laws and practice were in line with international standards and with each other.
In addition, CCLC reviewed draft regulations on minimum standards of care for orphanges and provided recommendations as to how these might be improved.
CCLC also supported the drafting of the commentaries to the Law on the Guarantees of the Rights of the Child by providing expert opinions and giving presentations on good practices and examples.
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