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We have 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.

We have been working since 2011 with a group of child protection agencies* to create the Guidelines. Together, we conducted extensive literature review, consulted with 158 children, 127 service providers and policy-makers from 66 organisations across over 20 countries and field tested the Guidelines in two countries.

The Guidelines are now available in English, SpanishRussianFrenchPortuguese and Arabic.

To read additional reports on reintegration, please visit our Knowledge Centre. Read a synopsis of the report here.

The Guidelines have been endorsed by 31 child protection agencies, including the world’s largest child protection agencies. We welcome additional endorsements from other agencies who adhere to the principles included in the guidelines. If you would like to endorse the guidelines, please contact Karin Joseph: karin.joseph@familyforeverychild.org

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The Guidelines call for:

  • Support for children and families at all stages of the process for proper preparation and follow-up
  • A holistic package including economic strengthening, access to basic services, therapeutic support, and efforts to address violence and abuse in families.
  • Work to enable communities to monitor and assist reintegrating children, and to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  • Strengthening of child protection systems to create an environment which promotes effective reintegration 

*The Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration have been endorsed by: Better Care Network, Bethany Global, CESVI, Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens, Challenging Heights, Child Fund International, CINDI, CPC Learning Network, ECPAT, Elevate Children, Faith to Action Initiative, Family for Every Child, Friends International, Hayat Sende, Hope and Homes for Children, International Social Service, JUCONI, Lumos, Maestral, Next Generation Nepal, Partnerships for Every Child Moldova, Railway Children, RELAF, Retrak, Sanlaap, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Undugu Society of Kenya, UNICEF, Women’s Refugee Commission, World Vision. The development of the Guidelines was funded by the GHR Foundation.

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