Who is the toolkit for?

We created the toolkit for people who want to know how to implement better care at policy and practice levels. It is for:images (8)

  • Social and community professionals and paraprofessionals working with children at risk of requiring alternative care, those in care, their caregivers and birth families
  • Trainers of staff and caregivers working with children and young people in care
  • Caregivers and those working in care settings (e.g. institutions)
  • Children and young people in care
  • Policy level staff in government or non-governmental organizations who are in a position to influence policy development and resource allocation for children who require alternative care

When you scroll through the toolkit categories, you will see a list of each document title with a brief summary of the contents and a section outlining who the document is for (e.g. caregivers, trainers, social and community workers, policy makers).

Word of caution: Many of the practice documents in this toolkit assume basic knowledge of working with children and families. Anyone working with children and young people should attend training on child development, communicating with children, and basic child protection. They should also receive regular supervision from a trained professional. It is the responsibility of organizations employing staff to provide such training and supervision.


What types of documents are in the toolkit?

This toolkit contains documents directly related to the implementation of good practices in care. This includes guidance on the policies, laws and structures required to effectively care for children, as well as manuals and tools on setting up and delivering quality care placements. The toolkit does not contain research or theoretical documents on child care as these can be found in the main BCN website:

When you scroll through the toolkit categories you will see the document titles listed with a brief summary of what is contained in the document and a section describing why this document is likely to be useful in your care work.

What topics are covered in the toolkit?

The toolkit includes documents on topics directly connected to alternative care. These resources are divided into the following categories:

Category 1: Developing an Informed National Care Strategy

  • Key principles for quality national care provision
  • Reducing institutions/Increasing community based care
  • Situation analysis/Program monitoring and evaluation

Category 2: Standards and Policies for Quality Alternative Care

  • Standards for all forms of alternative care
  • Kinship and foster care
  • Adoption
  • Institutional care (including boarding schools)
  • Child protection guidance for agencies and staff
  • Child and community participation in child care services

Category 3: Individual Assessments, Care Planning, and Family Reunification

  • Assessment forms and guidance
  • Care planning and family reunification forms and guidance

Category 4: Supporting Children in Care, their Families, and Alternative Caregivers

  • Documentation, recruiting, assessing, and monitoring caregivers
  • Training and support services for children, young people, and caregivers

Category 5: Protection and Care in Emergencies

  • Registration, emergency care, and family tracing
  • Psychosocial Support

Limits of the toolkit: In order to keep this toolkit focused on the delivery of alternative care, and a manageable size we have limited the range of documents to those that are most directly relevant. We have not included resources on the following:

  • Child and adult therapy guides
  • Social work training
  • Primary (Elementary) or High School teaching
  • Health care treatments

What countries and regions are covered?

We selected the documents in this toolkit because they have been considered globally relevant. They may describe best practices which are easily adapted to other contexts, or they may offer a good example of a practice on which another country can base their work (e.g. an example country situation analysis). While this toolkit does not contain documents which can only be used in a specific country, it does include resources which relate to practices in particular countries.

When you scroll through the toolkit categories you will see the document titles listed with a brief summary of the contents and a section describing where this document relates to. This section will tell you what country the document refers to and any adaptations you may need to make to apply the information to a different context. If you are looking for a document for a specific location, you can go to the search engine and search by country name (insert the country name as a key word) or by region.

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