Friday 10 August 2007

Useful Link: Better Care Network

About BCN

The Better Care Network brings together organizations and individuals concerned about children without adequate family care. It is committed to:

  • Reducing instances of separation and abandonment of children;
  • Reuniting children outside family care with their families, wherever possible and appropriate;
  • Increasing, strengthening and supporting family and community based care options for children who cannot be cared for by their parents;
  • Establishing international and national standards for all forms of care for children without adequate family care and mechanisms for ensuring compliance; and
  • Ensuring that residential institutions are used in a very limited manner and only when appropriate.

The Better Care Network facilitates active information exchange and collaboration on these issues and advocates for technically sound policy and programmatic action on global, regional, and national levels.

The Better Care Network is guided by the UNCRC and the Stockholm Declaration.

Involvement of children is a crucial aspect in the philosophy of Better Care Network which is exemplified in many of the resources and research that is listed on the site.

Especially relevant in this context are articles 12 and 25 of the CRC:

Article 12

1. States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.

2. For this purpose, the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law.

Article 25

States Parties recognize the right of a child who has been placed by the competent authorities for the purposes of care, protection or treatment of his or her physical or mental health, to a periodic review of the treatment provided to the child and all other circumstances relevant to his or her placement.

Information on the site is categorised as follows:

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