Moving Forward implementing the guidelines for alternative care of children

Moving Forward implementing the guidelines for alternative care of children
Feb 2013

Moving Forward is a tool for informing and inspiring practitioners, organisations and governments across the globe who are seeking to provide the best possible rights-based care for children who are, or who may be, in need of alternative care ( including children with disabilities)

The situation of children deprived of parental care has been the subject of constant and serious concern expressed by the Committee on the Rights of the Child over its two decades of work to monitor and promote the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This concern is not only evident from the Committee’s findings when reviewing individual States’ compliance with the treaty’s provisions,
but was also manifested clearly and in global terms when it decided to devote its annual Day of General Discussion to that issue in 2005.
The Committee’s preoccupations are based on a variety of factors. These include:
• the large number of children coming into alternative care in many countries, too often essentially due to their family’s material poverty,
• the conditions under which that care is provided, and
• the low priority that may be afforded to responding appropriately to these children who, lacking the primary protection normally assured by parents, are particularly vulnerable.

The reasons for which children find themselves in alternative care are wide-ranging, and addressing these
diverse situations – preventively or reactively – similarly requires a panoply of measures to be in place. While the Convention sets out basic State obligations in that regard, it does not provide significant guidance on meeting them.

This is why, from the very outset of the initiative in 2004, the Committee gave whole-hearted support to the idea of developing the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children that would gain the approval of the international community at the highest level.