CRC Day of General Discussion (DGD) 2021

2021 UN DGD

Overall objective of the 2021 DGD

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.

The day of general discussion also provides an opportunity to review implementation of relevant international standards and progress made since the adoption of the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the Rights of the Child regarding children living without parental care, the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and the normative discussions between the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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Specific objectives of the 2021 DGD

  1. Create meaningful engagement for children and young people who have experience of the child protection system and/or of living in alternative care of any type so they can voice their opinions on what constitutes quality care and advocate for legislative and systemic changes;
  2. Acknowledge the harms of care and the abuse of children in care, and explore the measures that can be taken to ensure prevention, intervention and access to justice, accountability and suitable reparation;
  3. Draw lessons from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s care and alternative care, including on efforts to strengthen and reform alternative care systems, and make recommendations for the response and preparedness for future public health as well as social and environmental global crises;
  4. In order to prevent family separation, expand opportunities for learning from best practice in reducing the number of children admitted to formal alternative care, through enhanced prevention and gatekeeping initiatives;
  5. Expand opportunities to learn from evidence about alternative care options and evidence about what constitutes quality alternative care, with a view to establishing a meaningful process for developing guidance on this;
  6. Explore efforts towards the development or strengthening of fully-integrated child protection systems;
  7. Explore innovative approaches to alternative care for children in particularly vulnerable situations, such as humanitarian contexts and migration, and learning from existing good practices.


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Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC),

This is the CRC Committee’s report to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly which includes a section on the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on children’s rights and alternative care and the recommendations emanating from that process

The purpose of this outcome document is to provide summaries of plenary sessions and the five working groups that took place during the DGD, and to present a comprehensive set of recommendations on the key themes covered during the preparatory processes leading up to the DGD, including through hundreds of written submissions, a global survey of children and young people with care experience, and during the DGD itself.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

Ce document présente l'ordre du jour des deux demi-journées, y compris les thèmes clés à discuter, les sessions principales et les groupes de travail.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

This document outlines the agenda for the two half days, including key themes that were discussed, main sessions and working groups.

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

Este documento describe la agenda de los dos medios días, incluidos los temas clave a debatir, las sesiones principales y los grupos de trabajo.

DGD on Children's Rights and Alternative Care,

DGD 2021 Graphic: Working Group 4

DGD on Children's Rights and Alternative Care,

DGD 2021 Graphic: Working Group 5

DGD on Children's Rights and Alternative Care,

DGD 2021 Graphic: Future Looking Plenary

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

This report is about what children and young people told us about their care and what they want to change. This report is for a meeting that happened in September 2021. The meeting was about care for children who do not live with their parents. People from around the world were at the meeting.

The purpose of this background document is to synthesize and present evidence shared in the submissions received by the Committee through the public consultation process of the