Key Initiatives

BCN promotes care issues by engaging with a wide range of influential actors at the national, regional and international level.  This includes convening conferences and workshops to share learning on issues such as strengthening national care systems, improving family-based care and collecting evidence on children’s care situations.  BCN also collaborates with other international and national organizations to advocate for the inclusion of children’s care and protection within international policy frameworks such as United Nations’ resolutions on children’s rights, and the Post-2015 Development Framework.

Better Volunteering Better Care Initiative

Better Volunteering, Better Care is an interagency initiative, co- facilitated by Better Care Network and Save the Children UK, aimed at discouraging international volunteering in residential care centers and promoting ethical volunteering alternatives supporting children and families. 


Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Initiative on Children without Appropriate Family Care

BCN is committed to supporting children’s care reform in the Eastern and Southern African region. To this end, BCN is currently working through a Regional Initiative to support building the evidence base, to support knowledge and information sharing, and to increase national and regional capacity. The Regional Initiative prioritises supporting the development and implementation of care reform practices which emphasise the strengthening of families and the improvement of alternative care services.

Children's Care Research Initiative

BCN, CPC Learning Network, and CP MERG have developed the Children's Care Research Initiative (CCRI), an interagency research initiative that seeks to build the evidence to inform policy and practice around children’s care. 


Joint Open Letter to Inter-Agency Expert Group on the SDGs: All Children Count But Not All Children Are Counted

In a joint open letter to the Inter-Agency Expert Group, BCN and other children’s NGOs and leading disability-rights organizations, have appealed to the UN to ensure that “children living outside of households and/or without parental care” are included in the monitoring framework. 

A Goal and Targets on Child Protection

The Better Care Network is collaborating with a group of leading international and national Non-Governmental Organizations, as part of an Inter-Agency Child Protection Group, to ensure that the framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals in 2015 place children’s care and protection at the top of that critical agenda.

NY Working Group on Children without Parental Care Inter-Agency Statement

As co-convenor of the NY Working Group on Children without Parental Care, Better Care Network collaborated with key international and national organizations and networks working on children's care and protection to call on member States of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) to focus the 2014 Resolution on the Rights of the Child on strengthening family care and providing appropriate alternative care for children.

Wilton Park Conference: The Neglected Agenda: Protecting Children without Adequate Parental Care, United Kingdom

On 30 November – 3 December 2009, Better Care Network, partnered with BCN Steering Committee members Save the Children and UNICEF, to hold a high-level conference on children without adequate parental care at Wilton Park conference centre in the UK.


Tracking Progress Initiative

The Tracking Progress project is an interagency initiative, co-facilitated by the Better Care Network and Save the Children, to develop a tool to monitor the implementation of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. Read more about the initiative here.

Launch of the Handbook for the Implementation of the 'Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children' in New York

The launch of the handbook 'Moving Forward: Implementing the 'Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children' at UNICEF House in New York on the 11th April 2013 at UNICEF House in New York on the 11th April 2013 marked a milestone in the affirmation of children's rights. 

Conference on Family Strengthening and Alternative Care in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa

Save the Children, the Better Care Network and UNICEF, in collaboration with key regional stakeholders, hosted a Conference on Family Strengthening and Alternative Care in Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa.


The First International Conference in Africa on Family-Based Care for Children

In September 2009, BCN partnered with ANPPCAN, UNICEF, Feed the Children, Department of Children's Services, Kenya, SOS Children's Villages, Compassion International, Give a Child a Family, USAID, and Lakarmissionen to hold the First International Conference in Africa on Family-Based Care for Children in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Faith to Action Initiative

In 2006, members of the Better Care Network formed the FBO outreach committee in order to promote better practice within the faith-based orphan care community. This committee formalized in 2008 and is now known as the Faith to Action Initiative. The Faith to Action Initiative brings together Christian faith-based organizations, churches, and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

UN SRSG on Violence Against Children

BCN and SOS have co-led the UN SRSG on Violence Against Children to facilitate a series of regional consultations on Violence and Care, the first one having happened in Brazil in December 2014.