Guidelines on the deployment of volunteers working with children abroad

Better Care Network Netherlands

Better care for children means that children should grow up with their parents and in their own community for as long as possible. Help should thus be aimed at the support of vulnerable families. Sending volunteers to children’s homes is in conflict with the vision of better care for children as laid down in international guidelines. However reality shows that many volunteers without relevant educational background still go abroad and work with vulnerable children for a short period of time. In response to this situation Better Care Network Netherlands has developed these guidelines. Through these guidelines BCN Netherlands hopes to prevent unintentional harm to children and to promote that exclusively those who can transfer their knowledge and experience to local professionals are deployed as volunteers working with vulnerable children.