November 2022
Latest Updates on Children's Care

This section includes resources, news and other key documents related to children's care in the context of the current humanitarian crisis affecting Ukraine and surrounding countries. This section is updated daily. For more resources, visit the growing collection of documents in the BCN Ukraine Response Repository.

The Ukraine Children's Care Group created this summary of key findings and points of discussion that were highlighted by presenters and participants during the "Addressing the Need for Foster Care in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis" learning event that took place on 7 September 2022. It is drafted in line with existing legislation in Ukraine and neighbouring countries, and includes additional information and clarification from existing literature.

Related Topic: Foster Care
The Better Care Network will continue to share tools, guidance, information, and other resources regarding children's care and protection during the COVID-19 pandemic as practitioners, policymakers, and other key stakeholders work to respond to the needs of children and families impacted by this crisis. For more resources on COVID-19 and children's care, visit the growing collection of documents in the BCN COVID-19 Resource Center.

Autistic children's experiences of COVID-19 have been largely absent from current crisis and recovery discourse. This is the first published study to directly and specifically involve autistic children both as research advisors and as research participants in a rights-based participatory study relating to the pandemic. 

Related Topic: COVID 19
Understanding the Situation

This chapter in the book "Separated Migrant Young Women in State Care" explores how state care systems respond to separated young migrants, using examples from across the globe.

This report presents the findings of an online survey and individual interviews which explored the experiences of carers providing out-of-home care to infants in New South Wales.

This Human Rights Watch report examines removals of children and termination of parental rights by state child welfare systems in the U.S., focusing primarily on four states: California, New York, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.

This snapshot produced by Mixed Migration Center examines environmental drivers of international mobility and their interactions with other migration drivers in East and the Horn of Africa.

Related Topic: Children and Migration

This report by Coram Voice and The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford is an analysis of responses from children and young people in care in the UK on their well-being and experiences.

This report produced by Coram Voice and the NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) captures the views of care-experienced children and young people in the UK on recommendations set out in the independent review of children’s social care in England.

This study aimed at investigating the psychosocial wellbeing of orphaned children in selected primary schools in Tanzania. 

Related Topic: Psychosocial Support

In this U.S.-based study, the authors found that increasing the affordability of fostering a child could increase foster care capacity. They examine the impacts of changing economic conditions on the number of children in foster care.

Related Topic: Foster Care

This volume covers a broad spectrum of current research findings concerning the participation of young people in foster families and residential living groups in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland as well as cross-nationals perspective on children and young people’s participation in foster and residential care placements in Great Britain and France.

Related Topic: Child Participation

This study explores young people’s perceptions of their existential well-being during their transition after leaving care. The study involves peer research with young people leaving care in Finland and England.

The authors of this study used national child welfare data to examine a subset of foster children who entered care due to parental incarceration in the U.S.

The authors of this study assess the outcomes of emancipated youth in the U.S. and compare the results with the outcomes drawn from a prior study conducted twenty years earlier. Overall, the authors found that young adults in the 2021 study fared significantly better than their 2001 counterparts.

Related Topic: The Continuum of Care

In this paper, the authors describe a proposed programme of evaluation to examine the impact of a new approach to the welfare of children in England on the time they are in contact with services.

This article explores the concept of solidaridad, considers its enduring currency in kinship discourse in Spain, and analyzes various case studies from the authors' respective research projects.

Related Topic: Kinship Care

This study sought to identify indicators used to measure the success of youth aging out of child welfare systems in North America. A database search was conducted and 150 articles were included in the review.

Related Topic: Data and Monitoring Tools

This chapter in the book "Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare and Foster Care Settings: Promoting Paternal Contributions to the Safety, Permanency, and Well-being of Children and Families" explores research on father engagement in child welfare services in the U.S.

Related Topic: Foster Care

This article employs concepts from family sociology to explore how ‘family’ is conceptualised in 14 life narratives of young people in foster care in Spain.

Related Topic: Foster Care

The aim of the study is to present the historical changes in child protection in Hungary and the process of deinstitutionalisation.

Policies, Standards, and Guidelines

This article examines the practice of customary child fostering in Nigeria and the state of parental rights. The significance of the practice and its impact in mostly Nigerian traditional communities raises the question of its regulation in order to safeguard children's rights as well as parental rights.

Related Topic: Foster Care

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) highlights, in particular, the gravity of discrimination and gender-based violence against Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are living in institutions.

This is Human Rights Watch's submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's 94th pre-session to highlight areas of concern regarding the government of Russia’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Learning from Practice

This case study outlines the financial impact of the transition of Bridges Safehouse, an organization that provided support to a total of 834 children, youth and adults, through their residential and community-based intervention programs combined.

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The purpose of this qualitative study in the British Journal of Social Work examines sibling relationships and sibling separation amongst adults with prior foster care experience in England.

Related Topic: Foster Care
Connect with Others
Practitioner Profiles

These profiles allow practitioners to share learning and connect with others working in care reform.

Here are a few of the most recent profiles featured in our library:
Changing the Way We Care
Project Officer
Global Child Advocates
Asia Director
Children in Families
National Director/Stakeholder Relations Advisor
Changing the Way We Care
Program Officer/Social Worker
Organizational Directory

Our Organizational Directory lists organizations, agencies, foundations, and networks working in the field of children’s care.

Find organizations or other groups working in your country or region with whom you may be interested to partner or collaborate.

If you have a website or other documentation of the work that your organization does, send it along for review for possible inclusion in our online directory.

If you would like to feature a more in-depth profile of your organization in our Directory, please fill out this form with information about your organization and we will review it.

* Please note that the inclusion or exclusion of organizations in this Directory does not necessarily entail any judgement or endorsement on the part of BCN or its advisory group on the quality of their programs or services. 

The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), Child Identity Protection (CHIP) and supporting organizations convened a symposium which delved deeper into the challenges of protecting and preserving identity rights, including nationality rights, for children on the move and children affected by armed conflict.

This presentation aims to clarify the role of the social service workforce in the social protection system. It also outlines key considerations for strengthening the social service workforce in their integral role in delivering effective and efficient social protection programmes and services.

This global webinar addressed the need to give greater priority to adolescent mental health, globally, and particularly in low- and middle- income countries. Experts from RTI International, Plan International, Johns Hopkins University, and AstraZeneca shared research findings and presented new analysis of global data with the aim of motivating and guiding action to improve adolescent mental health.

Related Topic: Psychosocial Support

Organised jointly by ENIL-ECCL and Disability Rights Defenders, this webinar on November 22, 2022, featured speakers from Sweden, Slovenia and Scotland on the UN Guidelines on Deinstitutionalisation, including in Emergencies. 

Nicola Smith, Khatia Shamanauri, Harriet Barber - The Telegraph 06 Dec 2022
Ben Fergusson - BBC News 06 Dec 2022
Mellissa Withers - Psychology Today 02 Dec 2022
Anoosh Chakelian - The New Statesman 02 Dec 2022
Michael J. Mooney - Deseret News 01 Dec 2022
Mical Raz - The Washington Post 18 Nov 2022

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