March 11, 2013

ISS Celebrated Launch of Implementing Guidelines

ISS Celebrated Launch of Implementing Guidelines
ISS-USA Celebrated Launch of New Implementing Guidelines 11 April in New York City

Photo: Susan Bissell, Associate Director, Child Protection, UNICEF & Jennifer Davidson, Director, The Centre for Excellence For Looked After Children in Scotland, One of 5 Authors of the Implementing Guidelines

A major new resource entitled Moving Forward: Implementing the 'Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children' was launched at Labouisse Hall, UNICEF House, 3 UN Plaza, New York City on April 11, 2013. The Handbook is a practical tool to help policy makers create national legislation and policies which reflect the provisions included in the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children unanimously welcomed at the UN General Assembly in 2009. These policies will work towards making the rights of children in alternative care an everyday reality.

Over 2 million children around the world live in care institutions. At least 80% of these have one or both parents who are alive. Many children are in danger of becoming unnecessarily separated from their families, while many more are in need of alternative care. These children are subject to higher risks of exploitation, abuse and other violations.

Since the adoption of the Guidelines, the challenge has been their implementation. Funded by an international consortium, hundreds of professionals from within Governments, NGOs, UN agencies and academia have fed into the development of the handbook with promising practices from over 43 countries, and field testing in Argentina and Malawi.

A consortium of agencies, including ISS, contributed to the development of the Handbook. The goal of the Handbook is to call upon governments and civil society to uphold the principles of the Guidelines as well as use the handbook to better protect the rights of children in need of alternative care. "ISS, through its almost 90 year history providing cross border social services to separated families has become an expert in child welfare systems in the 100 plus countries we work in each year. This handbook provides practical information as well as actual examples from a variety of countries to help ALL countries to enhance and continue to develop the best possible systems of care for their children, " reports Julie Rosicky, ISS-USA's executive director. Both Julie and Felicity Northcott, Director of External Partnerships & International Services at ISS-USA will be in New York on behalf of ISS during the launch.

For more information about Moving Forward including the English, Spanish and French versions of the Handbook, visit:

http://www.alternativecareguidelines.org/Home/tabid/2372/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

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