Better Volunteering, Better Care Executive Summary

Better Volunteering, Better Care Initiative

In 2013 The Better Care Network and Save the Children UK began an inter-agency initiative to review and share existing knowledge on international volunteerism as related to the alternative care of children in developing countries. This initiative brings together key actors from across the child protection, education, corporate, faith-based and tourism sectors to share their respective experiences and identify global communication and engagement strategies to address the issue.

The first priority of this initiative was to conduct a review of the practice of international volunteering in residential care centres, to understand the extent of the problem, the key stakeholders involved, and to identify groups already working to promote best practices in this area. This document is the executive summary of the review.

Better Care Network, Better Care Network Netherlands, EPCAT, Faith to Action Initiative, Friends International, Save the Children, Hopes and Homes for Children, SOS Children's Villages International, UNICEF