Transforming Children’s Care Global Collaborative Platform

Global Collaborative Platform

Building on joint efforts advocating for the 2019 UNGA Resolution and the Key Recommendations, and clear interest expressed by a broad group of actors to strengthen sectoral cooperation and collaboration, Better Care Network together with partners has established a new Global Collaborative Platform on Transforming Children’s Care. The overall vision for this new collaborative platform is to establish more strategic sector-wide collaboration spanning the global to the local level and inclusive of a wider range of stakeholders. It aims to enable organisations engaged in child protection and care reform to agree on common principles and approaches, leverage and build on one another’s work, secure greater and more sustainable impact, contribute to a shared learning agenda and undertake joint advocacy. 

Much about the platform and how it is going to operate, what it will do and how it will work is to be determined and shaped through members' engagement and ideas. One of the key principles we have committed to in this process is to ensure that the global collaborative platform is open to all actors involved in children’s care, with active participation of self advocates (care leavers; parent advocates); disability organizations; faith-based organizations; local organizations/CBOs and other relevant communities and sectors. 

There are a number of exciting opportunities for you to immediately get involved in shaping the collaborative platform throughout the development phase. We are going to start by building on existing efforts and at the same time create the space to start determining and shaping together the longer-term vision, aims, and ways of working for this new collaborative initiative.

Thus far, a number of Working Groups have been created, including:

  • Coalition-Building Working Group: This broad and inclusive working group has been established for the interim development phase of the platform. The group will be responsible for: defining the vision and objective for the platform; establishing guidelines for inclusive membership; setting up ways of working and procedures; developing a transitional governance structure and expanding the platform’s membership through outreach into different segments of the care sector. 
  • Evidence for Impact Working Group: This group aims to bring together researchers, measurement experts and practitioners working on establishing data systems on children’s care to foster a strategic and well-coordinated approach to research and data in the sector, with a focus on generating and applying ‘evidence for impact’ on policy, systems and practice globally. 

  • Transitioning Residential Care Working Group: This group brings together existing initiatives and discussions around different aspects of transitioning residential care services. The working group is currently collaborating on the development of an open source transitioning services framework to guide future collaboration and is open to organisations and practitioners with direct experience and involvement in transitioning individual residential care services. 

  • Global Policy and Advocacy Working Group: This working group aims to bring together a range of advocacy initiatives to support the implementation of global commitments towards children’s care and child protection and care systems reform. It builds on advocacy efforts behind the 2019 UNGA Rights of the Child resolution, and on the Key Recommendations to strengthen consensus and address key areas of policy disagreement to enable more effective advocacy at global, regional, and national levels, with concrete examples and evidence from diverse settings. 

  • Other Working Groups: Members of the Collaborative Platform are invited to suggest a topic for a future working group or subgroup and/or identify an issue or gap that needs to be addressed through the collaborative platform. New working groups and subgroups will be established as need and interest are identified by members and information shared with the wider group via email.

Please sign-up here or at the link below to join the Transforming Children's Care Collaborative Platform and be added to the email list.


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Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

Drawing from the learning from participatory research in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Australia, this webinar introduced different approaches used to engage individuals with lived experience of alternative care in research efforts.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This webinar was hosted by the Evidence for Impact Working Group of the Transforming Children’s Care Collaborative on March 30, 2023, and examined the Early Institutionalization Intervention Impact Project in Brazil.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This learning event was an opportunity for care reform advocates and practitioners to learn more about social protection – as well as economic strengthening interventions - from researchers and practitioners in the field.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This webinar series, by and for members of Transforming Children's Care, brings together experts from our community to discuss a range of relevant topics identified by members as priorities for learning and exchange. View previous and upcoming webinars below.

Doncel with support from the Latin American Network of Care Leavers, Better Care Network, Changing the Way We Care,

This is the first regional mapping of activists with care experience in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

This was an interactive workshop organized and hosted by the Transitioning Residential Care Working Group as part of the Transforming Children’s Care Global Collaborative Platform.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

The Task Force on Foster Care of the Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform held the fifth webinar in the spotlight series on Foster Care Practice on 15 September 2022. The webinar explored participation in foster care with particular focus on individual decision making for children and young people. We heard from people with lived experience of foster care in different contexts, including Uganda, Ireland and Argentina.

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

Speakers from Mothers Choice, Hong Kong and the International Parent Advocacy Network participated in the webinar and their presentations focused on:

- Examples of family based care, reunification and support in Hong Kong
- The shared goals of parents and foster carers
- The resources required to work together successfully

Transforming Children's Care Global Collaborative Platform,

The objective of this webinar was to present the CPSS approach, and reflect on how this approach, and especially the seven intermediate outcomes of CPSS are relevant to the care reform agenda.

Global Collaborative Platform,

This webinar was co-hosted with the Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC) initiative and was an opportunity to lift up how the Catholic Church is advancing safe and nurturing family care for children around the world.