Child Care and Protection System Reforms

Social welfare sector reform is increasingly common, particularly in transitional countries in Central and Eastern Europe.  Increasing attention has been paid to the development of preventive community based child and family welfare programs that would, in coordination with health and education programs and social assistance, provide a range of support for vulnerable families.   

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Better Care Network, The Transitioning Residential Care Working Group (Transforming Children's Care Collaborative),

This document outlines a capacity-building roadmap for scaling up the transition of residential care services. It is an interagency resource developed by Better Care Network and the Transitioning Residential Care Working Group (Transforming Children's Care Collaborative).

Ian Forber-Pratt,

In this editorial, Ian Forber-Pratt, editor of this tenth anniversary edition of the Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond, gives an of alternative care in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. 

Sohani Fernando,

This article explores the steady move towards family-based care in Sri Lanka over the last decade. The country has given priority to family strengthening and strong gatekeeping mechanisms to prevent children from being unnecessarily separated from their families.

Dhan Bahadur Lama, Anju Pun, Rija Maharjan,

This article focuses on the national efforts advancing children’s right to alternative care services in Nepal. It presents the government’s existing laws and policies in providing responsible care to children in need of special protection and for children who cannot be placed in parental care due to various reasons for family separation.

Philip Mendes, Eswen Chaffey,

This article presents a scoping review of research studies completed on the mental health care needs and outcomes of care leavers in Australia from 2015 to 2021.

Terri Libesman, Paul Gray, Eloise Chandler, Linda Briskman, Aminath Didi, Scott Avery,

This research sought to improve understanding of the experiences of parents with disability of Australian child protection systems, paying particular attention to the experiences of First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse parents with disability.

Tanya Rujisatiensap, Kanthamanee Ladaphongphatthana, Pusa Srivilas,

This qualitative research aimed to develop the alternative care action plan for Thailand. The method used in this study included the analysis of documents related to the alternative care situations in Thailand and the interviews where the key informants were specifically selected so that the collected data could be used to develop the alternative care action plan.

Interagency Statement,

Шістнадцять неурядових організацій, які мають досвід захисту дітей, інклюзії з обмеженими можливостями та прав людини, закликають Уряд України та його міжнародних партнерів виконати ці ключові рекомендації щодо розвитку інклюзивної системи захисту

Interagency Statement,

Sixteen NGOs with expertise in child protection, disability inclusion and human rights call on the Government of Ukraine and its international partners to implement these key recommendations on the development of an inclusive child protection and care system. 

Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union,

The Swedish Presidency has initiated a declaration to support the protection of Ukrainian children. The declaration will mobilise support among EU Member States for continued engagement in protecting the children who have been affected by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.