User-friendly UN Resolution document on rights for children without parental care

SOS Children’s Villages International has launched a user-friendly version of the 2019 UN Resolution on the Rights of the Child focusing on children without parental care.

The global children’s rights advocate has produced this new, user-friendly version to help make the resolution more accessible and help ensure that governments’ commitments become a reality for children and young people.

The document summarises the content of the original text in an easy-to-follow way, divided into thematic sections and referencing sections and paragraphs of the original resolution text.

It aims to reach a wider audience of people working with and for children to inform about the content of the resolution and engage in dialogue on its implementation in practice. The document targets policy-makers, decision-makers, care professionals, social workers and all those working with and for children, including judges, lawyers, health professionals, teachers and government officers. A French and a Spanish version will also be published in the coming months.

‘To help make it more accessible to child professionals’

In 2019, the annual UN Resolution on the Rights of the Child focused, for the first time ever, on children without parental care.

The resolution calls for governments’ action to realise the rights of children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. It supports the fulfilment of all the rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and promotes the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children as a key reference framework for alternative care.

It has specific sections on growing up in a family environment, prevention of child-family separation, provision of quality alternative care, finding the best care solution for each child, protection of children from violence and harm, support for independent living, child and youth participation, children and young people in particularly vulnerable situations, data collection & information management, following the guidelines for the alternative care of children, state reforms to improve child care and protection, and training of professionals working with children.

Click here to access the original text of the 2019 UN Resolution on the Rights of the Child focusing on children without parental care

Author: Meg Holden

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