Resources

Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care 2021

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“Children without parental care in Africa are among the most vulnerable and disregarded groups of children. Now is the time for governments to design, build and maintain sustainable child protection systems. Too many of the region’s children are living needlessly away from their families, in institutions, where locally developed systems could see them living in communities and with their parents. These children continue to be at risk of multiple violations, abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation and poor access to basic needs.

The continent continues to be confronted with increasing numbers of abandoned and separated children in need of alternative care due to poverty, disease, harmful cultural practices such as female genital cutting (FGC) and myths and stigma around persons with disabilities, as well as natural disasters, ethnic and political conflicts, family conflicts, poor parenting and maltreatment of children – especially of children with disabilities. The numbers of children in need of alternative care will increase unless pre-emptive measures are taken. The pandemic has amplified the urgency of the situation. We trust that the DGD will act as a catalyst for significant action on care reform in Africa and globally.”

COVID-19: Action for Children Without Parental Care in Africa

“The COVID-19 pandemic and governments response to it have led to pervasive poverty and shocking levels of violence against children in Africa. Even before the pandemic, children without adequate parental care were categorized as one of the most left behind categories of children. In particular, children in institutions (including so-called orphanages, children’s homes, child care centres, etc.) are 6 times more likely to suffer violence than those in a family setting. With the pandemic, they are even more vulnerable to further child rights violations. The family unit is at risk and experiencing more shocks as a result of Covid-19 and the measures taken to contain it.

In addition to violence, domestic conflict and poverty, more children than ever are now at risk of losing parental care and being placed in alternative care significantly due to disruption of livelihoods. The family is the primary unit of nurture and development of a child, as also affirmed in the Preamble of the African

Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child: “for the full and harmonious development of his personality, the child should grow up in a family environment in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding”.

As an Alliance, we call on governments, regional bodies, CSOs and donors to act before it is too late to protect children from the effects of the pandemic; to respond to violence, strengthen and support families and communities, and prevent unnecessary family separation”

TAA Kampala Declaration 2018 (PDF Download)

This Declaration is a call to African governments to commit to take actions geared towards promoting care reform and ensure that all children in Africa grow and thrive in safe and loving families. This call was made by Transform Alliance Africa members and partners when they gathered for their annual general meeting in Kampala, Uganda in November 2018.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-Rwanda (PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Rwanda; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet: Sudan(PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Sudan; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-South Africa (PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in South Africa; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-Ghana (PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Ghana; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-Tanzania (PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Tanzania; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-Uganda (PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Uganda; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

TAA Country Fact Sheet-Kenya(PDF Download)

This Fact Sheet provides an overview of child care and protection in Kenya; it highlights existing social protection programs linked or that could be aligned to care and protection, provide an overview of key policy and legislative frameworks, alternative care approaches, and provide care reform developments in the sector. The Fact Sheet will be updated after every 6 months.

Family Care for Children with Disabilities: Practical Guidance for Frontline Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries(PDF Download)

Family Care for Children with Disabilities: Practical Guidance for Frontline Workers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries was developed to help front-line personnel (social service workers and others) in low- and middle-income countries to work effectively with children with disabilities and their families. It was written particularly for those who have little or no experience working with children with disabilities, and it provides easy to read information and advice for those who may have little or no experience working with children with disabilities

Child’s i Foundation on Time for Global Action Bloomberg(Video)

In this Time For Global Action – advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and realising Goal # 1 No Poverty by building social protection systems and supporting vulnerable families to protect children, Stephen Ucembe from Hope and Homes for Children shares powerfully his own experience of growing up in an institution. Dr Delia Pop highlights the impact of institutionalisation on children’s development and well-being. Chris Muwanguzi from Child’s i Foundation speaks of the work of the Foundation in Uganda preventing children’s institutionalisation and supporting the reintegration of children into their families or new adoptive families, and Pastor Ruth Kahawa from Smile Africa shares her journey moving away from providing residential care to supporting children in families. Sally Faiz from UBS Optimus Foundation talks about the importance of investment in children and families for sustained and lasting impact.

Short-Term Missions Guidance to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children  (PDF Download)

The Short-Term Missions: Guidance to Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children is a comprehensive resource that provides guidance and better practice standards for short-term missions to ensure positive outcomes for vulnerable children, their families, and their communities. This resource has been created for churches, mission agencies, faith-based organizations, donors, institutions of higher learning, and others who are interested in enhancing and supporting care for orphans and vulnerable children through sending or joining short-term mission teams

Prioritizing Families and Communities (PDF Download)

Prioritizing Families and Communities brochure provides key information on Transform Alliance Africa in a snapshot. It explains the reasons behind our vision of an Africa free of orphanages where all children grow and belong in safe and loving families, our approach, a brief of what we are doing in each country and a list of our members.

Ending Institutional Care in Africa Questions & Answers (PDF Download)

Ending Institution Care in Africa: Questions and Answers is a resource that  provides substantively researched answers to a range of frequently asked questions about children living in institutions popularly known as orphanages and children’s homes in many parts of Africa. Some of the featured questions include; why is it necessary to move children out of orphanages? Aren’t orphanages still needed to care for orphans?  Can African governments successfully implement family and community care?  What about children with disabilities and very complex special needs?

Violence Against Children in all Care Settings: Africa Expert Consultation (PDF Download)

This report describes the details of the Africa Expert Consultation: Violence Against Children in All Care Settings, which took place 21-22 June 2017. The forum organized by the African Child Policy Forum and Better Care Network with the support of Catholic Relief Services, Family for Every Child, Hope and Homes for Children and Save the Children brought together 40 leaders representing child rights bodies, regional economic communities, national governments and civil society in Nairobi, Kenya.