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Data Surveillance in Child Protection Systems Development: An Indonesian Case Study

NCJ Number
Child Abuse & Neglect Volume: 35 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 993-1001
Neil Boothby; Lindsay Stark
Date Published
December 2011
9 pages
This study examined ways for developing a strategy for establishing a national child protection information system in Indonesia.
The results of this study indicate that at present, Indonesia does not have a lead agency at the national level to develop and implement a child protection information system. The current situation is characterized by a lack of information regarding all areas of child care and protection including the extent of the problem, an analysis of its causes, and the impact of current programs established to deal with the problem. This study was commissioned by the Government of Indonesia and UNICEF to examine ways for developing a strategy for establishing a national child protection system in the country. Data for the study were obtained from semi-structured interviews, focus groups, site visits, and desk reviews in order to identify existing data collection practices, and analyze the appropriateness and efficiency of information management techniques used at all levels of government, from the national level to the community level. The findings indicate that a lack of a national agency to lead child protection efforts has led to confusion at all levels. The results suggest that the government needs to reframe the language used from a "child protection information management system" to a "child protection surveillance system." This change will help make data collection objectives and activities clearer and keep officials informed about ongoing child protection system development initiatives. Figure and references