Secretariat

In August 2005, the Better Care Network (BCN) Secretariat was established to support and implement the BCN’s daily activities. The Secretariat is based in New York and operates under the guidance and direction of the Steering Committee. 

The Secretariat is responsible for the core functions of the Network and for implementing BCN's Strategic Plan:

  • Facilitating information exchange across members and partners;

  • Managing relationships and convening key partners and stakeholders to promote dialogue and action;

  • Supporting policy and practice through the provision of technical assistance, resources and access to a global community of care professionals.

Florence Martin, Director

Florence Martin is Director of the Better Care Network.  Florence is a human rights lawyer and clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in child protection and children’s rights in both emergency and development contexts. Her work has focused on reforming and strengthening national child protection systems, including the framework for the delivery of social services and social work practice with children and their families. Prior to joining BCN, Florence worked as child protection adviser to the Ministry of Social Affairs in Indonesia where she supported major reforms of the child welfare and social work systems. Florence also worked as global adviser on child protection for Save the Children UK, adviser in child protection to the East Timorese Ministry of Social Welfare, and legal adviser to the Human Rights Unit of the UN Transitional Administration for East Timor. Florence also represented Amnesty International at the United Nations for five years. Florence holds an MSSW from Columbia University and a Master of Public International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rebecca Nhep, Senior Technical Advisor

Rebecca Nhep is the Senior Technical Advisor for Better Care Network. Rebecca has 18 years of experience in international development and child protection. Her work has included a strong focus on advocacy, deinstitutionalisation, family-based care and community-led development. Rebecca also co-founded and co-chairs ReThink Orphanages Network in Australia. Prior to her role with BCN, Rebecca was the Joint CEO of ACC International (ACCI) where she founded ACCI’s child rights and deinstitutionalisation program, Kinnected. Under Rebecca’s leadership, the Kinnected program supported the transition of over 65 residential care centres and the development of family-based care and community-based child and family welfare services in 12 countries. Rebecca also spent 11 years in Cambodia where she supported the development of the country’s first formal family-based care program. She also established an extensive network of family strengthening projects in rural communities to prevent family separation and child institutionalisation. Rebecca holds a Master’s Degree in International Development, and a Graduate Certificate in Missiology and Anthropology.

Naume Kupe, Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Initiative

Naume Kupe is the Coordinator for the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Initiative. Naume has for the past 15 years worked extensively in the Africa region on children’s care and protection, particularly children affected by HIV. Her work has ranged from coordinating networks to managing regional programmes. She has particular interest in knowledge exchange, advocacy, and capacity building. Prior to joining BCN, Naume was Programme Manager for the Regional Inter-agency Task Team on Children and HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa. Naume has worked in the NGO, UN and academic sectors. She holds a Masters in Communications and Media Studies from the University of Oslo, and a post- graduate diploma in Public and Development Management from the University of Witwatersrand.

Justine Williams, Campaign Manager

Justine Williams joined the Better Care Network in September 2017 to manage a new campaign to reduce volunteering in orphanages. She has more than 25 years' experience working as a communicator and campaigner for charity and public sector organisations in the UK. Prior to joining the Better Care Network she managed the campaigns team at animal welfare charity the RSPCA, delivering a range of advocacy, marketing and behaviour change campaigns. In 2013, she co-founded the award-winning Cat Population Control Group, a collaborative behaviour change campaign with the aim of maximising the effectiveness of cat neutering efforts in the UK. Justine is currently studying for a Masters in Behaviour Change at the University of Derby.

Sarah Johnson, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist

Sarah Johnson is the Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist for Better Care Network. Sarah has a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in Child Development from Tufts University. She has worked to serve vulnerable children and families both at the global level through her work at BCN, as well as in direct practice, primarily in the US. She has several years’ experience working with Better Care Network helping to facilitate information exchange at a global level, expanding BCN’s online database and disseminating newsletters to its members to highlight recent research, news, and updates in the field. Sarah has also worked as a primary school educator, run a children’s program at a community-based organization supporting children and families at risk of homelessness, and worked with parents involved in the child welfare system in the US.