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.
In this segment from BBC Radio 4, File on 4 reports from Uganda on conditions in UK-funded orphanages where, in the worst cases, children are neglected, exploited and abused by orphanage staff, tourists, volunteers, and donors.
"About 69 million rural children [in China] are left behind while one or both parents work far away, according to UNICEF," says this article from the Los Angeles Times. The article discusses the ways in which these "left-behind children" in rural areas of China lack access to education and lag behind their urban peers in educational attainment.
The Premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, Scott Moe, has issued an apology to the indigenous communities of the province for "the pain and the sadness" experienced during what is known as the "Sixties Scoop, when "about 20,000 Indigenous children were seized from their birth families and relocated to non-Indigenous homes starting in the 1950s until the late 1980s."
Vivek Sankaran - Chronicle of Social Change7 Jan 2019
In this piece for the Chronicle of Social Change, Vivek Sankaran - director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University Michigan Law School -describes how the US federal government has quietly introduced a momentous new funding source for child welfare systems, which Sankaran believes offers an opportunity for states to remake their child welfare systems.
"More and more children as young as 16 are being housed alone in bed and breakfast rooms, bedsits and even caravans by local authorities that are struggling to cope with rising numbers of youngsters in the care system," according to this article from the Guardian.
Vivek Sankaran - Chronicle of Social Change3 Jan 2019
In this piece for the Chronicle of Social Change, Vivek Sankaran - director of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic at the University Michigan Law School - describes a recent invitation from the US federal government to make funding available to states, permitting "uncapped, matching federal child welfare funds under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to support the representation of parents and children in the child welfare system."