2009 Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Children leaning on the bars when it's time to go home at an inclusive Community Hub in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province, Rwanda, in June 2022.

Publication Details

Author(s): United Nations
Date: December 2009

This document provides the first in-depth explanation of how the relevant articles of the CRC should be applied to children in alternative care.

The Guidelines clarify that institutions are not a suitable care option for children and that in countries where institutions still exist, “alternatives should be developed in the context of an overall deinstitutionalisation strategy with precise goals and objectives, which will allow for their progressive elimination.

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