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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Joanna Rogers, Elayn M. Sammon, Luba Devetakova - UNICEF Bulgaria,

UNICEF Bulgaria's project, "Family for Every Child," aimed to demonstrate that viable alternatives to institutionalization exist, and that as long as a network of suitable support services is in place, deinstitutionalization is achievable. UNICEF Bulgaria commissioned this evaluation to establish whether the project had been successful

Sung-Eun Lim - Korea Institute for Health & Social Affairs,

This brief discusses ways in which the roles and functions of Korea’s child welfare facilities should change to better meet the diverse needs of children in need.

Changing The Way We Care,

This guidance is designed to strengthen the capacity of government agencies in low resource settings to prepare a sound budgetary framework for policies, programs and services that aim to keep children in safe and nurturing family environments.

Changing the Way We Care,

This one-page technical brief accompanies a Guidance Note on public expenditure and children's care. It describes how to include government strategy to promote the better care of children in the public budget.

Kwabena Frimpong-Manso - Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,

Using a qualitative design, the author of this study interviewed 12 social workers to explore the benefits of family support services and challenges that inhibit the gains from the services.

Alhassan Abdullah, Ebenezer Cudjoe, Susan Young, Anna W.M. Choi, Lucy P. Jordan, Marcus Y.L. Chiu, Clifton R. Emery - Child: Care, Health and Development,

In line with recent policy discussions on mechanisms to regulate informal kinship care practices, this study aimed to identify how the State could be involved in improving kinship care experience for children.

Better Care Network and UNICEF,

This new discussion paper produced by UNICEF and Better Care Network elaborates on the extraordinary challenges facing children and families across the globe, and the steps that can be taken to ensure their inclusion in COVID-19 recovery plans.

Hope and Homes for Children and Lumos,

This call to action - issued by a coalition of child rights organisations including Hope and Homes for Children, Lumos, Eurochild, and SOS Children's Villages - calls on the Ukrainian government and the European Union to "act before it is too late to protect the rights and future of some of the most forgotten and left behind children."

University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for the Study of Social Policy,

On 20-21 October 2020, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) held two-day virtual conversations with organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders to strategize innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.

University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for the Study of Social Policy,

On 20-21 October 2020, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) held two-day virtual conversations with organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders to strategize innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.