BCN Newsletter: August-September 2021

Better Care Network

This month's newsletter focuses on the 2021 CRC Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care. This year's DGD was held virtually for the first time over two half days on the 16th and 17th September 2021, ensuring actors across different time zones could participate.

It was an unprecedented effort, bringing together the highest number of participants ever recorded from all regions of the world, with more than 1,500 people dialing in from over 125 countries. It was also a first in creating a global event which prioritized as speakers and experts the children, young people, and adults with lived experiences of the care and protection systems. Over 200 written and video submissions were sent to the Committee on the Rights of the Child from children and young people, governments, national human rights institutions, inter-governmental organisations and UN agencies, civil society organisations, academics, and coalition of actors. In addition, over 1,000 children and young people who have experience of alternative care or the child protection system were also consulted through a major global survey on their views and recommendations.

A rich body of learning, experiences, and recommendations was contributed through this process and this newsletter provides links to these resources to ensure they are widely shared. 

BCN Newsletter: August - September 2021