The Royal Thai government has been active in creating new laws and regulations for child protection, but laws primarily apply to those who are Thai, which means that over 300,000 children residing from neighboring countries are unaccounted for. As Thailand continues to urbanize and cities attract people from rural areas across the country, there will be a greater influx of children moving in and out of provinces, making it even more critical to establish a secure system of child protection that ensures the rights of all vulnerable children.
Migrant and Refugee Children
Children in Thailand, especially migrant and refugee children are vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, neglect, hazardous labor, and trafficking. Migrant children also often lack access to basic services including education, healthcare and legal assistance.
Save the Children works with vulnerable children including those on the move, engaging with hazardous labor, caught in conflict, as well as the stateless and undocumented children. Through our programs, children receive recovery support, safe family settings, and participate in decision-making processes on issues affecting their lives.
We help identify the most vulnerable children who are abused, exploited and neglected, providing adequate response in order to change their environment. Save the Children also works with the government to ensure that there is a standard of care that complies with international standards for children without appropriate care.
Through our programs, vulnerable children are able to access the justice system and are assisted by trained social workers. We also support Child Protection Committees to seek solutions for abused and exploited children in the refugee camps. In conflict areas, we promote positive discipline at home and in schools.