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Paradigm shift in the child’s welfare protection in Malaysia

Md Salleh, Anis Shuhaiza and Md Isa @ Yusuff, Yusramizza (2018) Paradigm shift in the child’s welfare protection in Malaysia. The European Proceedings of Social & Behavioural Sciences. pp. 553-562. ISSN 23571330

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The child’s welfare should become the first and foremost consideration in making decisions concerning children. Even though the concept is not new, the introduction of the National Council for Children (NCC) and the Child Registry by virtue of the Child (Amendment) Act 2016 (A1511) becomes a paradigm shift in the child’s welfare protection in Malaysia. Based on the concept of the “family based care” introduced by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, due emphasis is given to the importance of living in a family environment as a way to protect the child’s welfare. As this article does not necessarily involve statistical techniques and mechanics of the quantitative methods, it employs the qualitative and library based research. The article seeks to highlight the statutory functions of the NCC as compared to its former counterpart, the Coordinating Council for the Protection of Children (CCPC).Besides, the discussion about the Child Registry, as another important mechanism for child’s welfare protection, is also made. This article concludes that the amendment made to the Child Act 2001 (Act 611) by extending the NCC’s functions, inclusion of new provisions and establishment of the Child Registry show the commitment of the government of Malaysia in preserving the child’s welfare and shifting it to a new paradigm.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child’s welfare, family based care, child protection, National Council for Children, Child Registry.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: School of Computing
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 06:57
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 06:57
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/26228

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