Together Trust's joint submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child
We are proud to be a member of Family for every Child, an international alliance of organisations that unite their skills and knowledge to achieve change for children and families worldwide. In the lead up to the Day of General Discussion, children, young people and experts from all over the world were invited to share their experience of alternative care or the child protection systems with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
With other members from Europe, we have put forward our priorities and concerns related to children and young people in alternative care in Europe whose rights are often gravely threatened. We identified common issues that are critical in supporting children with suggested recommendations highlighting their existing practice models. These are based on the wealth of knowledge and experience from years of working with the community and developing solutions for children’s care.
Europe has seen a major increase in the number of arrival of refugees and unaccompanied minors in recent years. It has raised several issues in relation to their well-being and safeguarding. Aspects of accommodation, guardianship, family reunification, school and university education, employment readiness and overall preparation for care leavers after 18 years need to be addressed urgently. Moreover, COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge additional impact as the children are grappling with the existing precarious circumstances of their lives.
Family for Every Child, representing its membership of local civil society organisations, made a submission, and also contributed to joint submissions from New Zealand which you can also read below. Children's voices and opinions were captured throughout these reports,
Empowering People in Care help create better outcomes for children in Ireland by influencing policy, legislation and practice for children in care, in aftercare or for those with care experience.
Action for Migration and Development has a mission to facilitate the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece, aiming to address critical and protracted gaps relating to unaccompanied children’s care.
A social cooperative in Italy supporting the processes of social integration of migrants and refugees, including children.
The Mulberry Bush
Provides specialist residential therapeutic care, treatment and education for primary-aged children made vulnerable by their severe social, emotional and behavioural issues in the United Kingdom.
Champions the rights and cares for people with complex needs through individualised care, support and education to children in the United Kingdom
Family for Every Child is a global alliance of currently 40 local civil society organisations (CSOs) in 36 countries.