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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development
(1) how much his Department has spent (a) directly and (b) through multilateral agencies on reducing the use of large-scale institutional care for children in developing countries in the last five years;
(2) what steps his Department has taken to reduce the use of large-scale institutional care for children in developing countries in the last five years; and what plans he has to fund projects to prevent vulnerable children from being separated from their parents and entering large-scale institutional care.
The Department for International Development (DFID) has not supported programmes with the specific aim of preventing children entering institutional care. However DFID is working with partner country governments, UN agencies and civil society to improve the lives of children in developing countries, protect vulnerable children from violence and abusive behaviour and enable poor families to care for their children. DFID is doing this through comprehensive health and education programmes, cash transfers and programmes to strengthen the capacity of governments and community-based organisations to care for vulnerable children. For example, DFID is supporting UNICEF programmes aimed at increasing family, community and government support for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS in southern Africa.
DFID is strongly committed to working towards children achieving their full potential as expressed in the UN Convention on the rights of the child, which is a powerful tool for engaging on child rights and the millennium development goals.