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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. 


The Global Collaborative Platform

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


Transition Hub

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


Browse the Practitioner Hub

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


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 comprehensive mapping of child protection data systems across the 27 member states of the EU and the UK, a free book chapter offering first-hand accounts of young people growing up in some form of residential child and youth care in 19 African countries, and UNICEF's first ever comprehensive package to collect data on children living in residential care settings, among others.

Roughly 1 in 100 children in the U.S. have their parents’ rights terminated by age 18, according to an expanded 2019 analysis by Cornell and Rutgers Universities, and Black, Brown and Indigenous families, as well as low-income families, disproportionately lose these rights.

Three decades of reporting from the States Parties to the Committee on the Rights of the Child have revealed many gaps between the promise of the convention and the reality on the ground for children. This book is an article-by-article analysis of almost all substantive, organizational, and procedural provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

These video case studies were developed as a part of the Transitioning Models of Care Assessment Tool training package. They explore different aspects of learning on transitioning residential care services. To access the full set of case studies or the training package, visit the BCN Transition Hub.