BANGKOK—The Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University is pleased to announce the release of the ‘Sharing their Narratives’ report on Wednesday 24 August 2022 from 15.00-18.00, in room 302, the Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat university (Tha Prachan campus). The launch of the report was led by Dr. Victor Karunan, a member of the Social Policy and Development (SPD) programme board, Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat university; Dr. Justin Rogers, The Open University; and Dr. Pryn Ketnim, a researcher.
This report amplifies the voices of children and aims to provide a unique insight into their experiences growing up in the alternative care system in Thailand through art, and interviews. This report challenges public perceptions of the alternative care system and addresses the realities of bullying, corporal punishment, and discipline.
The research provides actionable recommendations for decision makers:
1. Divest in institutional care and invest in social protection and community support
2. Develop child centered practices
3. Review/develop anti-bullying policies and training
4. End corporal punishment
5. Review/develop monitoring and inspection
6. Built on family support, childcare, foster care and reunification practices
Associate Professor Dr. Auschala Chalayonnavin, Dean of the Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat university, and Dr. Sorasich Swangsilp, Director of the Social Policy and Development (SPD) programme, the Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat university offered welcoming remarks to participants. Representatives from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, UNICEF, Save the Children, Alternative Care Thailand Group, Step Ahead Foundation, Care for Children, and SPD student participated.