Better Care Network highlights recent news pieces related to the issue of children's care around the world. These pieces include newspaper articles, interviews, audio or video clips, campaign launches, and more.
Opening Doors for Europe’s Children held a campaign roundtable on migrant children at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 1 March 2016. The conclusion from this event is that “migrant and refugee children have the same rights as other children, and their institutionalisation is incompatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).”
Evelyn Lirri, Thomson Reuters Foundation4 Mar 2016
Lawmakers passed a bill this week that requires foreigners seeking to adopt Ugandan children to live in the country continuously for at least one year before applying, thus ending the quicker route of claiming legal guardianship.
The Director of the Department of Social Welfare in Zanzibar, Wahida Maabad Mohamed, recently presented findings of the ‘Rapid Assessment of the Children Living in Children’s Homes in Zanzibar’ which was undertaken from January to mid-February 2016. The aim of the survey was to collect data on children's homes in Pemba and Unguja.
Council of Europe Secretary General Jagland sent a letter to Heads of Government of all 47 states of the Council of Europe to urge them to better ensure the safety and proper treatment of asylum-seeking and refugee children entering Europe. He also outlined a list of priority measures.
The UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF are setting up 20 centers to support and protect children and families fleeing war and persecution as they move across Europe’s well-worn migration routes. The centers, known as Blue Dot Hubs, are intended to provide a safe place for children and families facing risks once they arrive in Greece and move along the Balkan migratory route, which includes the former republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. In these hubs, children can play and their families can receive services and counseling.