Fam­i­lies to get bet­ter help un­der eval­u­a­tion up­grade

Agen­cies sign agree­ment to im­prove as­sess­ments of chil­dren, el­derly

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA -

Fam­ily as­sess­ments that fo­cus on Saudi chil­dren’s needs and well­be­ing will be im­proved fol­low­ing an agree­ment be­tween the Coun­cil for Fam­ily Af­fairs and the Na­tional Cen­ter for Assess­ment (Qiyas).

Prince Faisal Ab­dul­lah Al-Mishari, CEO of Qiyas, and Halah bint Mazeed Al­tuwai­jri, sec­re­tary-gen­eral at the Coun­cil for Fam­ily Af­fairs, signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MoU) to share in­for­ma­tion and co­op­er­ate in the field of com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily assess­ment, the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial De­vel­op­ment said on Sun­day.

Com­ment­ing on the agree­ment, Al­tuwai­jri said: “The MoU is very im­por­tant for the cen­ter be­cause it pro­vides a set of as­sess­ments that help to de­velop so­ci­ety and the fam­ily, in­clud­ing fam­ily readi­ness assess­ment, pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment assess­ment and oth­ers that help achieve the goals of the coun­cil.

“The coun­cil plans to lay out strate­gic plans for women, chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple, and pro­vide so­cial pro­tec­tion for all fam­ily mem­bers. The Qiyas cen­ter helps de­ci­sion mak­ers to use its mul­ti­ple assess­ment tools as a prac­ti­cal method to cater for de­vel­op­ment needs,” she said.

The Qiyas as­sess­ments also pro­vide sta­tis­tics to im­prove de­ci­sion mak­ing and strengthen coun­cil ini­tia­tives.

Com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily as­sess­ments help de­ci­sion mak­ing by iden­ti­fy­ing and con­sid­er­ing fac­tors that af­fect chil­dren, youth and their fam­i­lies, of­fer­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of how a fam­ily’s strengths, needs and re­sources af­fect a child’s safety and well-be­ing.

Sev­eral fac­tors, in­clud­ing chil­dren’s safety, risk of fu­ture mal­treat­ment, parental pro­tec­tive ca­pac­ity and well-be­ing, must be as­sessed and dis­cussed to­gether with the fam­ily.

The sign­ing of the MoU and the de­vel­op­ment of the fam­ily is part of the King­dom’s Saudi Vi­sion 2030.

“Our real wealth lies in our peo­ple and our so­ci­ety,” the Vi­sion 2030 doc­u­ment said. “We in­tend to em­bed pos­i­tive moral be­liefs in our chil­dren’s char­ac­ter from an early age by re­shap­ing our aca­demic and ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

“Schools work­ing with fam­i­lies will re­in­force the fab­ric of so­ci­ety by pro­vid­ing stu­dents with com­pas­sion, knowl­edge and be­hav­ior nec­es­sary for re­silient and in­de­pen­dent char­ac­ters to emerge.”

Wel­com­ing the part­ner­ship, Rabea Joudi, a le­gal con­sul­tant on fam­ily mat­ters in Riyadh, told Arab News: “The two agen­cies com­ing to­gether to work on com­pre­hen­sive fam­ily assess­ment — guided by prin­ci­ples of fam­ily-cen­tered, cul­tur­ally com­pe­tent prac­tice — is a step to­ward an im­proved child wel­fare sys­tem.”

Prince Faisal Ab­dul­lah Al-Mishari, CEO of Qiyas, and Halah bint Mazeed Al­tuwai­jri, sec­re­tarygen­eral of the Coun­cil for Fam­ily Af­fairs, sign a part­ner­ship be­tween the two agen­cies in Riyadh.

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