Children Affected by Poverty and Social Exclusion

Around the world, poverty and social exclusion are driving factors behind the placement of children into alternative care.  Families give up their children because they are too poor to care for them, or they feel that it is the best way to help them to access basic services such as education and health care. Discrimination and cultural taboos mean that girls, children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, children with HIV/AIDS and children born out of wedlock, make up a disproportionate number of children abandoned into alternative care.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (IASC MHPSS RG),

This guidance note aims to support programme implementers, coordinators, and other humanitarian actors in addressing suicide and self-harm in humanitarian settings.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (IASC MHPSS RG),

Esta nota de orientación tiene como objetivo ayudar a los implementadores de programas, coordinadores y otros actores humanitarios a abordar el suicidio y las autolesiones en entornos humanitarios. Reúne una amplia gama de enfoques, herramientas, materiales de referencia y ejemplos de casos. Es un recurso práctico y conciso aplicable a todo tipo de emergencias, organizaciones y sectores.

Mathieu Stafford, Simeon North, Holly Bathgate - Office for National Statistics, UK,

This analysis conducted by the UK Office for National Statistics explores the education and social care background of care-experienced young people in England who were imprisoned at any point up to the age of 24 years. 

Maria Morrison, Brett Drake,

Using national child welfare data, the authors examined a subset of foster children (7%) who entered care due to parental incarceration in the U.S.

Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer,

El Comité destaca en particular la gravedad de la discriminación y la violencia de género contra las mujeres y las niñas Indígenas con discapacidad que viven en instituciones.

Comité pour l’élimination de la discrimination à l’égard des femmes,

Le Comité insiste, en particulier, sur la gravité des actes de discrimination et de violence fondée sur le genre commis à l’encontre des femmes et des filles autochtones handicapées placées en institution.


This study sets out a framework to help reduce the number of children living in poverty and prevent more families from falling into financial distress.

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),

The Committee highlights, in particular, the gravity of discrimination and gender-based violence against Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are living in institutions.

Alison Gerard, Andrew McGrath, Emma Colvin, Annette Gainsford,

This book examines the involvement of those with care experience in the criminal justice system in an Australian jurisdiction. The majority of children in care do not come into contact with the youth justice system. However, among children involved in the youth justice system, those with care experience are overrepresented. The authors focus on the process of colonialisation and criminalisation, rather than crime. 

Amira Benali, Olga Kravets ,

This paper examines the understanding of poverty emerging in voluntourists’ accounts of their first-hand experiences of poverty alleviation. Based on the ethnography of an orphanage in Nepal, the authors show that despite voluntourists’ good intentions and even (self-)criticism of the volunteer tourism approach to poverty relief, their accounts tend to consolidate rather regressive ideas about poverty.