Care reforms aim to transform the child protection and care system from one orientation to another, in pursuit of an approach to care and protection that better meets the needs of children and their families and is in accordance with their rights. A common goal of systems reforms in many countries is to move away from a reliance on residential care services towards family services and family-based care. This is called deinstitutionalization and it includes the transformation of whole services systems, the transition of individual residential care services and the reintegration of children currently in residential care. Resources relating to systems level reforms and the transition of individual residential care services and facilities can be found in this section.
Welcome to the BCN Practitioner Hub, an online space containing practitioner-related resources organised around the components of the care system. The hub's puzzle design demonstrates how the care system is the sum of many integrated parts and points to the importance of the systems strengthening agenda. As you explore the puzzle, you will find basic information, tools, videos, articles, and other resources related to each component and subcomponent of the care system. Please note that this practitioner hub is still in development.
The time has come for a change in the childcare system. It is necessary to invest resources, firstly, to help families with children in crisis, and secondly, to create a sufficient number of foster families of different types. Children should live in families, not in institutional care, and the state is obliged to provide this.