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Data-informed Recommendations for Services Providers Working with Vulnerable Children and Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Drawing from 87 survey responses from NGOs on how their service provision was affected during COVID-19, data revealed that the pandemic and restrictive measures were associated with increased risk factors for vulnerable children and families, including not having access to vital services.

Rapid Return of Children in Residential Care to Family as a Result of COVID-19: Scope, challenges, and recommendations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, some governments have mandated that residential care providers rapidly return children and youth to family. Survey data from 67 organizations revealed that rapid return was characterized by compressed timelines that did not allow for adequate child and family...

‘When will I be free’: Lessons of COVID-19 for Child Protection in South Africa

COVID-19 has highlighted and amplified structural inequalities; drawing attention to issues of racism, poverty, xenophobia as well as arguably ineffective government policies and procedures. In South Africa, the pandemic and the resultant national lockdown has highlighted the shortcomings in the...

Guidance for Alternative Care Provision during COVID-19

Practical guidance on the adaptations and considerations needed to support children in alternative care or entering alternative care during COVID-19.

The role of small-scale residential care for children in the transition from institutional- to community-based care and in the continuum of care in the Europe and Central Asia Region

The White Paper summarizes evidence on the current use and impact of small-scale residential care (also: ‘SSRC’) and offers guidance on how to enable all children to grow up in a loving and table family environment. It aims to promote better decision-making among policy-makers, local governments,...

Transitioning Support Services Survey Findings Report

In many countries around the world, systems of protection and care for children are in reform as a commitment to family care increases among governments, nongovernmental organizations, donors, advocates, communities, and families. However, there is limited understanding of the support available for...

Supervision for Staff of Family Care First/React Partner Organizations

The purpose of this research project is to learn the current landscape of supervision practices within the FCF | REACT network organizations in context of their capacity, supervisory needs, achievements and challenges.

Checklist to Ensure EU-funded Measures Contribute to Independent Living by Developing and Ensuring Access to Family-based and Community-based Services

This document aims to ensure many more EU citizens benefit from EU funding for inclusion; and to prevent the misuse of EU funds. The purpose of this checklist is to ensure EU funds in the 2021-2027 programming period contribute to independent living and inclusion in the community. More specifically...

Rethinking Institutional Care Using Family-Based Alternative Child Care System for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria

This paper is based on field work experience, review of relevant literature and studies on alternative child care system. The reviewers seek to rekindle not just an academic discourse in the field of social work but also a programme development innovation for social workers in the field of child...

Lessons Learned and Recommendations to Strengthen Families and End Institutionalisation for Children in Europe

To maximise the potential of the European Union and realise the vision where no child grows up in institutional care, civil society organisations across EU Member States, pre-accession countries and neighbourhood countries came together under a pan-European campaign: Opening Doors for Europe’s...

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