DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT
DEPARTMENT ORDER No. 40
SERIES OF 1996
December 24, 1996
SUBJECT: Establishment af a Child Help Intervention and Protective Services (CHIPS) Unit at the DSWD Field Offices
II. LEGAL FRAMEWORK
The establishment of a Child Help Intervention and Protective Services (CHIPS) draws support from the following:
1. R.A. 7610 known as the Special Protection of the Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act mandates the Department of Social Welfare and Development to formulate a comprehensive program against child abuse and exploitation within one year after its approval (June 17, 1993).
2. Executive Order No. 56 mandates the DSWD to take into its protective custody, children who are sexually abused and exploited or the child victim of prostitution and to provide a comprehensive program for the child victims and their families.
3. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child of which the Philippines is a State Party to undertake appropriate measures to proteeect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse (Article 34).
4. The Philippine Plan of Action for Filipino Children towards the Year 2000 and Beyond contains as one of its goals, the protection and rehabilitation of 70% reported abused and exploited children.
The CHIPS is the direct implementing arm of the Department in the provision of protective and rehabilitative services to children victims of abuse and their families. It is a special unit, serving as the receiving and action center for child abuse cases. As such, it will act as an assessment/crisis intervention center as well as a therapeutic center. Apart from the provision of social services, it will also provide accommodation or temporary shelter for an overnight stay or a maximum of two (2) days when necessary.
The Unit will be open daily for twenty-four hours (24) to provide immediate response to incidence of child abuse which may occur/happen at any time. A multi-disciplinary team shall provide the manpower complement of the unit. It shall be composed of a group of Social Workers, a psychiatrist, psychologist, law enforcer, physician/medical doctor and prosecutor. The social worker group shall take the lead in case management in collaboration with other disciplines. The former shall be based at the unit while the partner disciplines shall be based in their own respective offices. The partner agencies however shall make their services available at any time or as need arises. This kind of working relationship shall be formalized in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
To make available and accessible a comprehensive program of protection and rehabilitation to children victims of child abuse and their families.
1. To provide children victims of abuse and families immediate access to social services and other forms of assistance.
2. To meet the child's social, emotional and physical needs arising from the abusive experiences thru an interdisciplinary approach.
3. To improve parent's/guardian's present level of parenting and coping capabilities along the protection of rights and promotion of welfare of children.
4. To establish, strengthen and maintain a program of collaboration and cooperation with GO, NGO, LGUs and Civic Organizations towards efficient and effective service delivery for abused children and their families.
5. To serve as a venue for demonstration of conduct of therapeutic activities and strategies for skills enhancement and training of social workers and other disciplines.
6. To make available information/date of the Unit for research and documentation purposes.
I. Direct Provision of Special Social Services - entails the provision of treatment and rehabilitation services by the social worker to facilitate the child's psycho-social recovery and prevention from re-victimization.
Protective Custody - refers to the assumption of temporary parental authority over the child by DSWD. The child may be placed in residential care or with a licensed foster family.
Casework and Groupwork Services - refer to the provision of informations, options and opportunities as well as emotional support.
Livelihood Services - refer to the provision of skills training and grant of capital assistance to enable the child and family to engage in income producing activities to alleviate their financial difficulties and improve their economic conditions.
Child Placement Services - refer to alternative family care in the form of adoption or foster care for children whose parents have been deprived temporarily or permanently of parental authority by the Court.
II. Coordinated Services with other Disciplines - refer to the services performed by other disciplines in coordination with the Social Worker.
Psychological and Psychiatric Inventions - refer to tests and other modes of assessment as well as therapeutic sessions extended to the child to determine aptitudes, capacities, interest, behavioral problems to facilitate treatment in accordance with individual need.
Medical Services - is in the form of referral for medico-legal examinations, hospitalization, and medical treatment, if indicated. The social worker's role is to prepare the child and families for the said procedures.
Legal Services - referral for legal services in connection with the victims' pursuance of the case, litigation of perpetrator, termination of parental authority. These are undertaken by a lawyer while the social worker's role is to prepare the client and family in undergoing said procedures.
Investigation and Apprehension - entail the conduct of surveillance, rescue missions and apprehension of suspected perpetrators by police officers/NBI. While basically these are functions of the law enforcement, the service of the social worker in this context comes in the form of protecting the child from undergoing repeated interviews and receiving of minors rescued during conduct of rescue operations/missions.