Newsletter

Throughout the year, the BCN Secretariat disseminates the latest research, tools, news, videos, opportunities and events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe through its monthly newsletter. The newsletter membership has expanded from just over 300 participants in 2003 to over 4,500 across 67 countries in 2021.

Special Issues of the newsletter are also published, often in partnership with key actors in the sector, focusing on a particular theme, country or region to draw attention to the growing body of knowledge developing on the issue or context and to help busy practitioners keep abreast of learning and changes. If you want to share a resource or propose a theme for a special issue, please contact us at contact@bettercarenetwork.org

Better Care Network

See a report on the impact of deinstitutionalization on children in the El Salvadoran Child Protection System; the first-ever National Kinship Care Strategy to be published in the UK; a global manual aimed at helping countries and their national statistical systems to improve the collection, analysis, sharing and use of data on children on the move; and a free chapter from the "Working with Children Who Have Experienced Neglect" Good Practice Guide and much more.

Better Care Network

See a report on the impact of COVID-19 on Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) and child protective services (CPS) worldwide, an article on the first 6 months of the war in Ukraine and its implications for social workers engaged in work with children and their families, a study on the prevalence of mental health disorders among Looked After Children in the UK, and national guidelines and standards to guide state and non-state actors in Kenya to streamline the transitioning of care systems, children and institutions in the country and much more.

Better Care Network

See a report that makes the case for investing in family care in Moldova, a new report on understanding the lived experience of young adults who grew up in the residential care centres in Tanzania and the impact on their lives, a new thematic brief on volunteering, voluntourism, tourism and trafficking in orphanages with guidance on key policy measures and concrete steps to eliminate orphanage tourism and voluntourism, and a new set of guidelines to support practitioners to develop messaging for children and young people that clearly communicates the intention to transition and the implications for children and young people in care and much more.

Better Care Network

See a  report on the comprehensive national strategy for deinstitutionalization/care transformation for Ukrainian children, a research report on the development of a National Alternative Care Action Plan in Thailand, a UNICEF report on children with disabilities in Eastern and Southern Africa and a global study on quality of life outcomes for adolescents in youth care and much more.

Better Care Network

This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. See a  report detailing research on children with disabilities and children in residential care settings in Kenya, a paper pursuing questions of subjectification and objectification in the context of children and youth growing up in care settings in Switzerland, a case study on transitioning from residential care to family care in Guatemala, and much more.

Better Care Network

See a guidance document on how to apply international standards when working with children and their families impacted by the crisis in Ukraine, a UNICEF/CTWWC report broadening our understanding of the nature and characteristics of Kafalah in Eastern and Southern Africa, a toolkit for participatory evaluation of practice drawing on the strength of local solutions and much more.

Better Care Network

This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. See a systematic review of the prevalence of physical and psychological child abuse during COVID-19, a new working paper examining the relationship between education and institutional care, a guidance note addressing suicide and self-harm in humanitarian settings, and much more.

Better Care Network

This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. See the latest case study in the BCN transition hub which outlines the financial impact of the transition of Bridges Safehouse, an organization that provided support to a total of 834 children, youth and adults. It also includes new practitioner profiles to facilitate learning and networking amongst those involved in care reform. Lastly, read a summary report of the "Addressing the Need for Foster Care in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis" learning event that took place on 7 September 2022, and much more.

Better Care Network

This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. It includes a UNICEF study on the economic impact of the war in Ukraine on children, a paper highlighting lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern and Southern Africa, and an FAQ sheet for practitioners to build their understanding of family strengthening and alternative care in India and more.

Better Care Network

This issue of the BCN newsletter highlights the latest research, news, videos, events, and other resources related to children's care around the globe. It includes an update from the Ukraine Children’s Care Group who met twice during this period as well as an updated report on the most current estimates of COVID-19 associated orphanhood and caregiver loss during the first 26 months of the pandemic. There are also several new transition case stories that were added to BCN's transition hub and more.