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 has been working since 2011 with a group of child protection agencies to create these Guidelines. To produce the Guidelines, extensive literature review was conducted in addition to consultations with 158 children and 127 service providers and policy-makers from 66 organisations across over 20 countries. The Guidelines were also field tested in two countries.
The process for developing the Guidelines was determined by a core group of 14 agencies chaired by Family for Every Child and included 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 have a significant bearing on the RISE Learning Network as a valuable resource for improving outcomes of reintegration for children affected by child sexual exploitation among many other groups of separated children.
The Guidelines are currently available in English and will be available in French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian as of October 2016.