Transforming Children’s Care Collaborative

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative

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 established the Transforming Children’s Care Collaborative. The Collaborative aims 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. 

The Collaborative 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. 

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. 

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  • 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 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.

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Transforming Children's Care Collaborative, the UN Independent Expert on Albinism,

On the 27th of March 2024, the UN Independent Expert on Albinism held a consultation workshop on ‘Children with Albinism and the Right to a Family Life’ in preparation for her official report to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This brief contains high-level guidance and recommendations for policy and decision-makers and development partners to consider in designing frameworks to scale up, coordinate and support the transition of individual residential care services.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This webinar aimed to show care reform advocates can use budget analysis, cost estimates and evidence on long-term economic benefits to make the case for investing in a more a child-centered social welfare system.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative, Child's i Foundation,

The objective of this webinar was to present the best practices learnt in the implementation of the youth wellbeing project which focused on integrated mental health and wellbeing support for youth and particularly young people with lived experience of care.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

Este Informe Temático sobre voluntariado, volunturismo, turismo de orfanatos y tráfico de huérfanos fue elaborado para aportar lineamientos a los Gobiernos, los responsables de políticas y otros responsables de la toma de decisiones. También respalda la implementación de los compromisos internacionales asumidos en el contexto de la Resolución de la Asamblea General de la ONU 2019 sobre los Derechos de los niños y las niñas privados del cuidado parental. Explica de qué modo tomar las medidas apropiadas para abordar y prevenir los daños asociados al voluntariado en orfanatos, el turismo de orfanatos y el volunturismo, y al tráfico de huérfanos vinculado con las actividades anteriores. 

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

This thematic brief contains guidance on key policy measures and concrete steps that may assist with the development and implementation of a whole-of-government strategy to eliminate orphanage tourism and voluntourism and to combat orphanage trafficking. It includes recommendations relevant to volunteer-sending and volunteer-receiving countries. In addition, it contains practical examples of effective measures from a diverse range of countries sending and receiving volunteers.

Transforming Children's Care Collaborative,

The objective of this webinar was to present the best practices learnt in the implementation of the foster care system as an alternative to limited child care institutions for children on the move in The Gambia.

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.