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What is the government policy framework where I work?

What is the government policy framework where I work?

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Your organization is a part of a broader system and, as with any social service, you’re responsible to align with the overarching government policies. Alternative care policies in essentially every country makes allowance for residential care, but there is typically a stated preference for family care models. Familiarizing yourself with such policies will give you a foundation for aligning with your local and national government.


    The preeminent international policy informing governance around children is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990). The UNCRC has not only been adopted by all but one country worldwide, but it is incorporated whole-cloth into national law for many countries. The convention recognizes that “the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment” and this is threaded throughout the document. Regarding family care, take note of articles 5, 9, 10, 20 and 21.
    Policies vary across the African continent. For comprehensive policy access to your country of interest or impact, visit African Child Policy Forum. Link.
    The following document “Comprehensive national child protection systems: legal basis and current practice in Latin America and the Caribbean” provides an overview and comparative study of child protection codes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. For the list of country specific policies, see page 16 of the document and then search the document you’re looking for on Google. Link.
    Inquire with your local child welfare office to learn of the local policies that they operate under. It’s possible that they will not be aware of those resources, but if their office operates with a particular policy in mind, you should make yourself aware of that by asking them directly.

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