Reuniting with Families as First Priority
The Inter agency group on Children’s Reintegration just launched the Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration which are intended to help governments, donors, NGOs, faith-based organisations and practitioners to pursue reintegration as the primary response in cases of separated children.
The Guidelines provide practical guidance for effective reintegration that can help organisations to design high quality programmes; measure impact; train practitioners; and pursue national level systemic change in support of reintegration.
The Inter agency group been working since 2011 with a group of child protection agencies* to create the Guidelines. Together, extensive literature review was conducted, 158 children and 127 service providers and policy-makers from 66 organisations across over 20 countries were consulted and the Guidelines were field tested in two countries.
The process for developing the guideline was determined by a core group of 14 agencies chaired by Family for Every Child and including representatives from the following agencies: Better Care Network, CESVI , CPC Learning Network, ECPAT, Faith to Action Initiative, Friends International, Juconi Foundation, Maestral, Next Generation Nepal, Retrak, Save the Children, UNICEF, USAID and World Vision.
In addition to the 14 members of the core group, the guidelines have also been endorsed by: Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens, Bethany Global, Challenging Heights, ChildFund International, CINDI, Elevate Children, Hayat Sende, Hope and Homes for Children, International Social Service, LUMOS, Partnerships for Every Child Moldova, Railway Children, RELAF, Sanlaap, SOS Children’s Villages, Undugu Society Kenya and Women’s Refugee Commission.
The Guidelines has a significant bearing on the RISE Learning Network because these compliment each other in improving outcomes of reintegration for children affected by child sexual exploitation among many other groups of separated children.
The Guidelines are now available in English and they will be available in French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian as of October 2016.