Social Affairs Ministry Puts Forward Family-Based Integrated Services for Orphans

Thursday, 09-September-2021 10:00

Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat
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Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs provides family-based integrative services, namely through the Child Social Rehabilitation Assistance (ATENSI) program. This is in accordance with the directive of Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini to provide protection for orphans who have lost their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director General of Social Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Social Affairs Harry Hikmat said he would ensure that children receive care, especially in the family.

"Orphans experience difficult conditions. From a parenting perspective, there is a risk that there is no child care at all. Or there is an eldest child who is a caregiver, or there is a large family member who takes care of them. Therefore, the core of the system/program that is built is caring, especially family and replacement family as an alternative, as well as institutional care," said Harry in Jakarta, on Wednesday (09/08/2021).

Child ATENSI is a Social Rehabilitation service that uses a family, community, and/or residential based approach through support for meeting the needs of a decent living, social care and/or child care, family support, physical therapy, psycho social therapy, mental and spiritual therapy, vocational training, coaching entrepreneurship, social aid and social assistance, and accessibility support.

Harry explained that in order to distribute Child ATENSI assistance, the Ministry of Social Affairs has currently collected data through the District/City/Provincial Social Services Offices regarding data on orphans who lost their parents due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Data, for example is whether the child currently lives with a parent/guardian and parental status. To what extent do children receive other assistance, such as KIS (Healthy Indonesia Card), KIP (Smart Indonesia Card), to see if the child is from a poor, vulnerable family. It is the basic information that we need," said Harry.

In addition, he continued, data were obtained from community reports, Telephone Friends of Children (TePSA), the Directorate of Children, and the Technical Implementation Unit (UPT) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Health Office and other agencies as well as other collaborations with ministries and agencies .

"Everything must be known from the Social Services Office. It must be ensured that the data obtained is data that is proposed from the regional governments in phases," said Harry.

The Ministry of Social Affairs provides assistance to meet the needs of a decent living for 20,000 orphans who have lost one or both of their parents due to COVID-19. The amount of assistance is given for 12 months with a nominal value of IDR300,000/month for children who are not yet in school, and IDR200,000 for children who are already in school.

Harry said that taking care of orphans is conducted not only by providing social assistance, but also by being integrated with sustainable services, as contained in the Child ATENSI assistance business process.

"As directed by the Minister of Social Affairs, they (orphans) are not only given support for their physical needs, but also psycho social support, parenting and continuing their education," said Harry.

Harry said that his office ensures that the orphans will not be dependent solely (with assistance in the form of money). The Ministry of Social Affairs has prepared another program that needs to be built, that children must also have a better and independent future. 

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