Protecting the best interests of the child in need of alternative care: the analysis of the law in Tanzania

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Date
2012
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Publisher
University of Dar es Salaam
Abstract
Children are vulnerable and the law must provide for, protect and defend their rights fervently. This paper sets out to examine whether the law on alternative care in Tanzania caters for the realization of the best interests of the child in need of alternative care. A child in need of alternative care has the right to be provided with suitable alternative care. The methodology that was used in conducting this research was library research and field research. Library research involved the use of books, journals, law reports and the internet. Field research involved desk research and conducting interviews. The findings revealed that there is a great need to improve the methods of alternative care in Tanzania. Apart from the few privately run children's institutions, most institutions are in appalling conditions and cannot be considered as suitable care for children. In addition, alternative methods of child care that can provide a child with a family should be given priority. Adoption and foster care have not been sufficiently utilized to provide alternative care for children. Laws governing adoption and foster care need to be re-examined to ensure that they facilitate and promote the realization of the right of the child to alternative care.
Description
Available in print form, EAF collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library (THS EAF HQ792.T34M34)
Keywords
Child care, Law and legislation, Tanzania
Citation
Mallonga, Irene (2012) Protecting the best interests of the child in need of alternative care: the analysis of the law in Tanzania ,Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam