One of UNHCR’s key priorities is to protect and promote the rights of all children falling under its mandate. In order to achieve this, UNHCR and its partners must support the strengthening or establishment of comprehensive child protection systems. A best interests determination (BID) describes the formal process, with strict safeguards, that UNHCR has established for decision-making.
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UNHCR has updated its Guidelines on Assessing and Determining the Best Interests of the Child (Best Interests Procedure (BIP) Guidelines). The BIP Guidelines combine a conceptual framework of the best interests of the child with field-driven, operational guidance to provide one consolidated, practical frame of reference for staff and partners in the field. They are based on extensive consultation with UNHCR and partners, and replace the 2008 Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child and the accompanying Field Handbook.
High quality supervision is one of the most important drivers in ensuring positive outcomes for people who use social are and children’s services. It also has a crucial role to play in the development, retention and motivation of the workforce. We also know that managers want us to do more to develop their contribution to delivering the very best services.
This resource provides a list of common Community Based Child Protection (CBCP) related terms and their definitions and is intended to show the evolving definitions around CBCP.
Learn from case studies from six organizations serving orphans and vulnerable children that transitioned their programs to family-based care.
As the field of violence prevention and response continues to grow, the long-term, multi-sectoral coordination model piloted in Tanzania is often cited as a model for impact, capacity-building, ownership and momentum.
Humanitarian crises present major threats to the wellbeing of children. These threats include risks of violence, abduction and abuse, emotional distress and the disruption of development. Humanitarian response efforts frequently address these threats through psychosocial programming. Systematic reviews have demonstrated the weak evidence-base regarding the impact of such interventions. This analysis assesses the impact of Child Friendly Spaces (CFS), one such commonly implemented intervention after humanitarian emergencies.
Data from this review in eight countries is intended to guide and assist country-level action plans to strengthen the social service workforce.
Children and young people who, for various reasons, live without the care of their parents or those who are at risk of losing it are the most exposed to poverty, discrimination, and exclusion – factors that, in turn, can make them more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and abandonment. The difficult transition to autonomous and independent life which faces these young people is a topic about which there is little understanding globally.
This study was conducted with 106 professionals who work in the child protection system in Spain. The results show a high degree of consensus among professionals regarding the following practices: (a) incorporating positive parenting into family reunification processes; (b) training the biological parents in parenting skills; and (c) promoting the active participation of children in foster care and reunification.
Professionals working in criminal and family courts often say that they feel ill-prepared to communicate with children and young people. This tool provides practical suggestions and guidance for practitioners in communicating with children in court.
Interviews with children are supplemented with data regarding instability in the care system. Children describe how changing social workers increases unsettling and upsetting experiences when they move and change schools. Building long-lasting and stable relationships with social workers improves their experiences.
Manitoba has one of the highest rates of children taken into care of child welfare services in the world, and also one of the highest youth incarceration rates in Canada. Policy-makers recognize there is overlap between these systems. This article aims to investigate some of those reasons, and also what types of supports are needed for practitioners and parents to decrease this rate.
This study intends to inform the development and piloting of new approaches to integrating child protection concerns into multi-purpose cash monitoring frameworks.
There has been longstanding concern about the overrepresentation of care leavers in the criminal justice system and the fact that the behaviours of care experienced children are more likely to come to the attention of the police and to attract a criminalising response.
This country brief examines the development and implementation of a pre-and in-service training program in Georgia for the early childhood intervention (ECI) workforce and the creation of accreditation mechanisms for building the capacity of ECI services.
This country brief from the Philippines analyzes nationally supported training efforts to improve the knowledge and skills of personnel, as well as local efforts to address working conditions and job security.
This country brief from Ecuador highlights the government’s approach to professionalizing childcare center and home visiting workers with pre- and in-service training that emphasizes theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
This learning brief captures the experience of transitioning a large USAD-funded orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) project from one USAID grantee to another. It shares the key steps and the critical success factors that enabled a smooth transition process, including undertaking project start up, contracting implementing agencies, implementing administrative processes, recruitment and training, and – most importantly - the management of the transfer of a large OVC caseload, with minimum disruption to service provision nor negative impact on beneficiaries.
This toolkit builds on Ugandan experience and lessons identifying, enrolling, supporting, and graduating vulnerable children and families out of program support.
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