Children and Youth Welfare Program

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Child and Youth Welfare Program- refers to the services and activities designed for the care, protection, participation and rehabilitation of children and youth in difficult situations and ensure their social adjustment, total growth and development.

    1. Child Welfare Program


Children in Need of Special Protection (CNSP)

– Abandoned child
– Neglected or Potentially Neglected Children
– Exploited and Abused Children
– Maltreated Children
– Orphaned Children
– Victims of Prostitution
– Sheet Children
– Trafficked Children
– Children in Armed Conflict
– Children in conflict with the Law (CICL)
– Children travel abroad
– Child soldiers

      1. Day Care Service
          1. Center Based – (Day Care Center)

        – provision of supplementary parental care to 3 – 4 years old children of parents who find it difficult to fully take care of their children during part of the day because of work or some other reasons.

        This service is needed in every barangay to support children’s rights for survival, development, protection and participation. It is significant to achieve the department goals by providing full attention to services for children.

          1. Home Based (Supervised Neighborhood Play)

        – community based on early childhood program for children 2 – 4 years old not catered in the Day Care Centers. It utilizes play as an approach in providing early stimulation activities that are developmentally appropriate for each target ages of children in the community (play, games, exercises, and others).

      2. Protective Service– provision of immediate interventions for a child who is abandoned, neglected physically or sexually abused, exploited and provision of guidance and counseling.


      1. Child Placement Service – provision of appropriate parental care to orphaned, abandoned, abused children and those with special needs, through adoption, legal guardianship, foster care or residential care.
          • Adoption– a socio legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily parental authority over the child.
          • Agency adoption– when the licensed adoption agency finds and develops adoptive families for children who are voluntarily and involuntarily committed.
          • Direct / Independent Placement Adoption– when the biological parents make a direct placement of the child either to a relative, a member of their family, or a friend / non–relative with whom they relinquish their child.


      2. Foster Care or Substitute Family Care – Social Work interventions which provides    planned substitute parental care to a child by a licensed foster family when his / her biological parents are unable to care for him / her temporarily. (Short term transfer to less than nine months) or long term (six months or more).


    1. Youth Welfare Program services and activities for protection and rehabilitation of youth in difficult situations.



– Out of School Youth and other disadvantaged youths who are 15-24 years old and single.
– Out of School Youths/disadvantaged youths
– Youth victims of Armed Conflict
– Youth in Conflict with the Law (CICL)
– Youth victims of prostitution
– Minor Travel Abroad
– Youth Victims of trafficking

Program and Services

Unlad Kabataan Program– geared towards the total development of the disadvantaged    youth in terms of physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and economic. 

Goal: To promote the development of out-of- school youth and other disadvantaged youth   to become self-reliant economically productive and socially responsible citizen and able to contribute to the development of their family and community.


1. Organization of Pag-Asa Youth Associationwhere there is high incidence of out of school youth and other disadvantaged youths. Federated at the Barangay, City/ Municipality, Provincial, Regional and National to promote networking at various levels. 

2. Development of Support SystemConsidering the credibility and influence of the peer in the life of the youth, selected youth leaders who have interest, willingness and capability to serve as peer counselors, educator and advocates for positive lifestyle, environment, and conclusion on the Rights   of the child are trained to assist the service providers.

Unlad Kabataan Program Component:

      1. Economic Productivity– to achieve economic productivity and self-reliance among PYAP members.
      2. Self Employment Assistance(Kaunlaran Pangkabataan– Collateral free and interest capital assistant catering individual group who are physically fit to undertake and manage project. 
      3. Pre – Employment Service– youth’s groups interested in open or self – employment are required to attend the pre-employment and business management seminar which aims to build the employment marketability of those who prefer open    employment and to enhance the entrepreneurial capability of the business oriented youths.
      4. Personality Enhancement and Positive Lifestyle Promotion– Youths are in transition from childhood to adulthood Acquisition of knowledge, skills, positive attitudes and values are critical at this period. The PYAP members undergo trainings on different capability – building activities such as: 
        • Population Awareness and Family Life Orientation (PAFLO) – The youths are oriented on the concepts of population dynamics, human growth and development, family life, responsible parenthood, life planning and decision making. 
        • Positive Lifestyle PromotionThe lifestyle of a person, cluster of habits of a person is formed during adolescence and early adulthood expectation substance use and smoking, sexual initiative and other risk taking behavior may occur at this stage, usually with peer influence and approval.
        • Socio – Cultural, Spiritual and Physical DevelopmentThe youth are encouraged to initiate or participate in indigenous activities which promote socio–cultural, spiritual and physical development which are acquired by the youth association in coordination with other groups.
      5. Leadership Training and Social Responsibility

To optimize the leadership potentials of PYAP officers, they are given basic training such as peer counseling which promotes positive lifestyle, project management and disaster preparedness and management.

        1. Social Responsibility Enrichment

While the child is concern with affection and approval of the family, the youth in the other hand is motivated gaining the respect and approval of his / her peer.

        1. Volunteer Community Service

Services to the community are rendered by the youths through the following types of involvement.

          1. Immersion Outreach Program (IOP)– Youth volunteer are assigned to depressed barangays or social service centers / institutions to assist in PYAP organization and in conduct of youth activities;
          2. Weekend Youth Brigade (WYB)– Organized into brigades, the youth groups undertake community building projects such as tree planting, vegetable production, garbage collection, street and drainage cleaning and other environmental protection and conservation activities.
          3. Government Internship Program (GIP)– Provision of opportunities to in – school youths or students to be trained in government operations during summer. The interns are assigned to data banking, reproduction, packaging of materials, record filling and other office functions.
          4. Youth / Peer Support Service– Youth community action may also involve collection action that advocates for child rights and protection (Bantay Bata and community education on Convention on the Rights of Child and RA 7610), clean election, consumer protection, environment protection and conservation, and other related community / youth issues. 
          5. Follow – up Service– intended for recovered drug dependents / alcoholics, released prisoner, non – infections, leprosy victims and improve, mental patient who need motivated and / or assistance for either school or job placement. 
          6. After Care Service– provision of opportunities that will enable youths from institutions to go back to the mainstream of community life and participate in productive community activities.
          7. Referral service– Other services provided by concern agencies in response to the needs of clients / beneficiaries.


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