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CRC Day of General Discussion (DGD) 2021

 

On 16-17 September 2021, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held a Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Children's Rights and Alternative Care. The overall purpose of the day of general discussion is to examine broadly the current situation regarding alternative care in its complexity, identify and discuss particular areas of concern with regard to the unnecessary separation of children from their families and appropriate ways to respond to family and child separation in cases where it is unavoidable.

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COVID-19 Resource Center

Resources on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to child protection and children's care. 

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The Global Collaborative Platform

Learn more about the Transforming Children’s Care Global Collaborative Platform, aimed at establishing more strategic sector-wide collaboration.

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Transition Hub

Visit the resource hub on transforming systems of care, including the transitioning of institutional care services.

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Explore the Practitioner Hub, an online library containing practitioner-related resources organized around the components of the care system.

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This month's newsletter focuses on the 2021 CRC Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care. A rich body of learning, experiences, and recommendations was contributed through the DGD process and this newsletter provides links to these resources to ensure they are widely shared. 

“They would always say they were coming back, but they never came back.” These are the words of Sinet Chan in her letter to the Australian government. As a child, Chan spent years in a Cambodian orphanage after losing both of her parents to HIV. Describing her experiences during her formative years there, Chan recounted being forced to entertain the constant stream of visitors from abroad by singing songs and playing games with them in order to encourage donations to the orphanage. “The volunteers were nice people, trying to help us,” Chan wrote, “But now I realise it was a form of exploitation, using us to generate funding.”

The purpose of this article is to describe the process of testing and piloting the UNICEF protocol on children in residential care in three countries: India, Ghana, and Kazakhstan.

This webinar, the sixth in the Transforming Children's Care Webinar Series, provided an introduction to trauma-informed care from various perspectives and vantage points.