First International Care Leavers Convention 2020: Event Report

International Care Leavers Convention 2020

This report documents activities and conversations from the International Care Leavers Convention 2020, held virtually in November 2020. The three-day convention was held between November 23 to 25, 2020 and saw participation from 2,300 delegates from more than 80 countries with diverse expertise and experience in the global care system. Thus, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, there was a silver lining, as more Care Leavers could join across countries and regions due to the virtual format and share their needs, aspirations, challenges and what they themselves considered to be good policies and practices. These collective voices of the Care Leavers were heard by policy makers, practitioners, donors and researchers. The outcome of the convention saw the birth of a social movement for Care Leavers driven by the motto “nothing for us, without us”.

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