From a whisper to a shout: a call to end violence against children in alternative care
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AbstractIn 2009, the UN endorsed the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children (the Guidelines). These set out “desirable orientations for policy and practice” to “enhance” the implementation of the UNCRC for children in alternative care. The Guidelines reiterate the right of “Every child and young person [to] live in a supportive, protective and caring environment that promotes his/her full potential”. This report draws on evidence from an extensive global literature review, and assessments of the implementation of the Guidelines in 21 countries around the world. It makes bold claims about high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence facing children in alternative care, but concludes that violence is not inevitable, and with an emphasis on providing quality care it is possible to mitigate the risks of harm for all children.
CitationUniversity of Bedfordshire, SOS Children's Villages International (2014) 'From a whisper to a shout: a call to end violence against children in alternative care'. : University of Bedfordshire, SOS Children's Villages International.
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