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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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Browse the Practitioner Hub

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

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This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. It features several resources on children's care during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a resource which examines the links between the institutionalisation of children and human trafficking, a study of U.S. Christian beliefs around and support for orphanages and other forms of residential care for children, and an overview of care reform in Malawi, among others.

For the past two years, large parts of American society have decided harming children was an unavoidable side effect of COVID-19. And that was probably true in the spring of 2020, when nearly all of society shut down to slow the spread of a deadly and mysterious virus. But the approach has been less defensible for the past year and a half, as more is now known about both COVID and the extent of children’s suffering from pandemic restrictions.

The DataCare Project was launched by Eurochild with support from UNICEF in March 2020. The project aims to carry out a comprehensive mapping of child protection data systems across the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU) and the UK. In addition to providing an overview of the situation of children in alternative care in Europe, this project aims to inform EU efforts to agree to comparable benchmarks and indicators to monitor progress in child protection reforms across Europe.

This webinar, co-hosted with the Martin James Foundation, explores lessons learned in the development and strengthening of foster care systems in a number of countries and contexts, including emerging foster care systems in Bulgaria, Uganda, Cambodia, and Bangladesh as well as the more established foster care system in the UK, with a view to examining challenges and successes in implementation.