Guidelines on Children's Reintegration Special Issue September 2016

In this special edition of the newsletter, Better Care Network  and Family for Every Child highlight the launch of new Guidelines on Children's Reintegration developed by an inter-agency working group. The newsletter also features other research and resources relevant to reintegration.

International laws and policies recognise the importance of reintegrating separated children back into families and communities, while keeping in mind the best interests of the child. However, comprehensive guidance on what needs to be done has been lacking. As a result, policies are often not coherent, programming practice is of variable quality, and investment in reintegration has been inadequate. 

These guidelines are a valuable tool to overcome these challenges, to promote a caring family environment and enhance the protection of children.

--  Marta Santos Pais
   Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on      
   Violence Against Children



Leading aid and development agencies have come together for the first time to create new Guidelines on Children's Reintegration

  • The Guidelines call for greater investment in reintegration, and advocate for it to be pursued as the primary response before other permanent care options are considered.
  • They are intended to help governments, donors, NGOs, faith-based organisations, and practitioners working in a broad range of circumstances to make the right choices for separated children. 
  • They set out the principles for effective reintegration and provide practical guidance and case studies to demonstrate how reintegration can and should operate. 
  • They can help organisations to design high quality programmes; train practitioners to respond more effectively to the needs of reintegrating children, and pursue national level systemic change in support of reintegration. 
  • The Guidelines are also a comprehensive starting point for more context specific policies and guidance. 
  • The Guidelines are now available in English and they will be available in French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian as of October 2016. 
  • For more information on the development of the Guidelines, and key provisions, see full Inter-agency statement here

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For more information, contact Florence Martin with Better Care Network or Emily Delap with Family for Every Child

This inter-agency, desk-based research aims to arrive at a clearer understanding of reintegration practices for separated children in low and lower-middle income countries

This report from Family for Every Child and partners summarises research on children's reintegration that took place in Mexico, Moldova and Nepal from 2011 to 2014. 

This excellent  practical manual by Retrak details its standard operating procedures (SOPs) for family reintegration, including  guiding principles of family reintegration, key steps, tools, and monitoring and evaluation procedures.

Retrak has published Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on street outreach, which is the beginning of its relationship building with children on the streets and the start of them finding a way back to family care.

The RISE Learning Network aims to promote and facilitate learning on Recovery and Reintegration (R&R) approaches that improve outcomes for children and adolescents affected by sexual exploitation (CSE).

This toolkit is primarily for individuals working at organisations that assist and support children and young people in their reintegration back into families and communities. 

This paper reports on JUCONI's study on strategies to ensure the sustainable reintegration of children without parental care. 

This evaluation assesses two alternative care projects: "Strengthening child protection systems in Cambodia to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and unnecessary separation of children," and "The Family Project." 


Understanding the Situation
This chapter focuses on the ways children leave labor trafficking situations through outside interventions in the form of rescue, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs offered to rescue victims. 

"Adapting to learn, learning to adapt:" Overview of and considerations for child protection systems strengthening in emergencies
This overview document provides key considerations for practitioners working on strengthening child protection systems in emergencies. The aims of this document are to: provide an overview of child protection systems strengthening in emergencies practice to date, and based on this, to propose certain key considerations with regards to systems for child protection practitioners.  

Navigating support, resilience, and care: Exploring the impact of informal social networks on the rehabilitation and care of young female survivors of sexual violence in northern Uganda
This study examines the experiences of young female survivors of sexual violence in northern Uganda in order to explore the variety of roles (both positive and negative) that informal support networks played in contributing to survivors' healing, recovery, and reintegration. 

Senegal: New Steps to Protect Talibes, Street Children - Sustain Momentum with Investigations, Prosecutions
In this report from Human Rights Watch, authorities are making strides in protecting street children from the harsh punishment many of them face in Quranic schools in Senegal. 

Kathryn Joyce discusses the issues that one mother in Uganda faced when she put her child up for adoption.  

Policies and Standards
In this National Action Plan for Child Well-Being, Uganda spells out goals, plans, and actions it needs to take to improve child well-being in Uganda.   The document points out that 62 percent of persons living in poverty are children.  It notes that 33 percent of children under 5 are stunted, and it further states that only 37 percent of children make it to secondary education. 

Volunteer Tourism Guidelines
Practical guide provided by ABTA for travel companies delivering volunteer tourism experiences. These best practice guidelines have been developed in consultation with a wide range of organisations to assist with understanding the range of issues and support activities that make tourism a positive means for change.

"Paper Orphans: Exploring Child Trafficking for the Purpose of Orphanages" serves as a legal analyses of child trafficking for the purpose of filling orphanages.  This paper focuses on the displacement of the child and intends to determine whether or not this displacement can be determined as trafficking under international law.

This chapter of the Children's Well-Being: Indicators and Research discusses the dangers of using categories in child welfare.  This article notes that categories can close enquiry and hinder understanding rather than help it.  It points out that the category 'street children' contains a wide variety of young people, and the streets play different roles in their lives.  It also points out that the category can carry connotations of delinquency.  The article states that it is necessary to enquire what precisely is the role of the streets in their lives. 

Learning from Practice
Protecting Cambodia's Children? The Role of Commune Committees for Women and Children and Informal Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms in Cambodia
This study from World Vision was aimed at filling a gap in information on Cambodia's Commune Committees for Women and Children (CCWCs) and their function. CCWCs were established in 2004 in Cambodia to serve as advisory bodies to local Commune Councils. CCWCs "are tasked with planning, support, advocacy, awareness raising and monitoring" of issues related to children and women. This study examines the successes of CCWCs in implementing and achieving policy goals, and the roles they play in linking children and families to child protection services. 

Successful family reintegration of street-connected children: application of attachment and trauma theory
This is a 15 month qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews with families and boys at three stages: preparing for return, in the first three months of reintegration and successfully reintegrated. 

This is a webinar that occurred on August 19 through the RISE Learning Network. The panel of experts shared their experience on conducting child-centered M&E and in using the Integration Status Tool.

Recruitment of child soldiers in Nepal: Mental health status and risk factors for voluntary participation of youth in armed groups
This study identifies risk factors for voluntarily joining armed groups, as well as to test association of conscription status and mental health. 

Community engagement to strengthen social cohesion and child protection in Chad and Burundi: "Bottom Up" participatory monitoring, planning and action
This is a report from the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) examining the two year (2014-2016) Child Protection Social Cohesion initiative in Burundi and Chad.


Child Soldiers Day: Giving Up Guns to Herd Goats in South Sudan


Adoption in Russia: Families Helping Families
The Moscow Times 19 Jul 2016

Foster Kids Should Stay in the System Until 21
AAP - 21 Jul 2016

Rwanda: 2000 Orphans Adopted By Foster Families - Children Agency 22 Jul 2016

The uncomfortable truth: Why you should skip the orphanage tour in Cambodia
The Age 27 Jul 2016

Holy See to UN: 'Families key to reintegration of children victimized by armed conflict'
Vaitican Radio 3 Aug 2016

Non-delinquents increasingly land in juvenile detention
La Crosse Tribune 7 Aug 2016

The Dark Side of Orphanage 'Voluntourism' in Nepal That's Putting Children at Risk
ABCNews 9 Aug 2016
How the Islamic State Recruits and Coerces Children
The Washington Post 25 Aug 2016

Women, children 'tainted' by Boko Haram become Nigeria outcasts
Yahoo News 25 Aug 2016

Department of State Proposes Rule Regarding Intercountry Adoptions
Department of state 9 Sep 2016


13 October 2016, University of Maryland, SMC Campus Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Submission Deadline is15 October 2016

23-25 October 2016,  Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

7-8 November 2016,  United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

8 November 2016 - Paris, France

Breaking the Cycle Conference
17-18 November 2016 -  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

6-8 April 2017 - Austin, Texas

3-5 October 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland
New Venture Fund is Seeking a Senior Coordinator
Application Deadline is  10 Sep 2016

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, Executive Director