Research and Positions

  • Impact Insights: Results of social impact assessments in seven programme locations

    This publication provides initial insights of our social impact assessments in seven programme locations, and shows how people who were cared for or supported by SOS Children’s Villages as children are doing – years later – in eight dimensions: care, physical health, social and emotional well-being, education and skills, protection, livelihood, food security and shelter. Approach and methodology Country snapshots

  • Strategy 2013: No child should grow up alone
    Strategy 2030: No child should grow up alone

    SOS Children’s Villages has put the most disadvantaged children at the heart of its Strategy 2030, with the central message: No child should grow up alone. The strategy directly relates to the global Sustainable Development Goals in key areas such as poverty, inequality, education, health, social and child protection, and decent work.

  • Let me be me
    "Let me be me!": Better care for LGBTI* children

    This working paper for NGOs focuses on improving practice regarding lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) children in care. It considers the theoretical framework and legal contexts, presents promising practices and aims to help identify ways to ensure a better care for LGBTI children.

  • The Right to Protection. Ending Violence against Children
    The Right to Protection: Ending Violence against Children

    The publication examines the various forms of violence children without parental care or at risk of losing it are exposed to. It describes our commitment to preventing all forms of violence against children and adolescents, and presents a set of calls to action to actively help reduce violence through prevention and response measures. Spanish

  • Towards the Right Care for Children
    Towards the Right Care for Children: Orientations for reforming alternative care systems in Africa, Asia, Latin America

    This study summarises existing knowledge on deinstitutionalisation in six countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and provides guidelines for future EU strategies on deinstitutionalisation in developing countries. (2017) Cases and research Main report

  • Learning and Education for Development
    Learning and Education for Development

    Education is a fundamental and enabling human right, and it must be realised for all children to disrupt intergenerational cycles of exclusion, poverty, violence, inequality and family breakdown. This position paper highlights education areas from early childhood to professional integration, and education for parents, to make the most impact. (2016)

  • Child at Risk
    Child at Risk: The Most Vulnerable Children - Who They Are and Why They Are at Risk

    This publication gives an overview of the factors that place children in situations of extreme vulnerability and put them at risk of having to live without appropriate parental care. It also reviews the data available about vulnerable children. (2016)

  • Leaving Care and Employment in Five European Countries: An Undocumented Problem?

    This research report explores the challenging employment situation for young people leaving care in five European countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary and Norway). It examines the supports they receive to enhance their employability, and policy measures that could enhance young people's employability and social inclusion. (2016)

  • In the Blind Spot

    This report by SOS Norway puts the spotlight on children who often remain unrecognised in international development policies - children who cannot be raised by their parents or are at risk of losing parental care. It analyses international strategies and documentation focused on this specific group of children, addresses stakeholders and presents recommendation for the future. (2016)

  • Child at Risk: The World's Most Vulnerable Children - Who They Are, Where They Live, and What Puts Them at Risk

    This overview of the life situations and locations of the world’s most vulnerable children is based on results from the SOS Children’s Villages Programme Monitoring Database, plus a global scan of relevant literature. (2015) English German

  • Guide to Problematic Sexual Behaviours and Abusive Sexual Practices

    This publication on preventing child-to-child sexual abuse, and properly handling cases that occur, was produced by SOS Children's Villages Region Latin America and the Caribbean (LAAM) in collaboration with ONG Paicabí. (2014) English Spanish

  • Preparation for Independent Living, 3rd Briefing paper
    Preparation for Independent Living

    [I Matter campaign] Securing decent employment and other challenges young care leavers face in trying to establish independent lives are the topics of this briefing paper. Perspectives from young people, care professionals and policymakers are presented. (2010)

  • Drumming Together for Change

    [Care for ME! campaign] This report highlights serious inadequacies in the services aimed at preventing the separation of children from their families, providing appropriate alternative care, and protecting children from harm. Its conclusions are based on evidence gathered through national assessments of eight Sub-Saharan African countries. (2014) French Executive Summary

  • SOS Children's Village Family Focus 2012
    Family Focus: Challenging Times

    This in-depth report identifies the five main areas of concern for families globally. It outlines realistic options for legislators and decision-makers who want to do something now to improve the lives of families. (2012) Spanish German

  • When Care Ends

    [I Matter campaign] This report offers rare insight into the stark realities for young people leaving care, including the shortcomings in support processes. At the heart of this two-year peer research project are testimonies from over 300 young people leaving care in Albania, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Poland. (2012) Spanish

  • Strong Families, Strong Children

    Strengthening families is essential to prevent the separation of children from their families. This is at the core of the action of SOS Children’s Villages, which supports vulnerable children and their families worldwide. This publication shows how important it is to take a child-centered approach in working with children and families at risk of separation. Spanish French German

  • From a Whisper to a Shout: A Call to End Violence against Children in Alternative Care

    This report makes critical observations about the high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence faced by children in alternative care. It concludes that violence is not inevitable and, with an emphasis on providing quality care, it is possible to mitigate the risks of harm for all children. (2014) Executive Summary - English Spanish French Portuguese

  • Strong Communities for Strong Families (2014)
    Strong Communities for Strong Families

    This report shows how to help community members build social networks and capacities to improve conditions and safeguards for disadvantaged children and families. 16 communities in sub-Saharan Africa were researched for this report. (2014) French

  • Because We Are Brothers and Sisters

    This report describes new understandings about the effects of sibling relationships on children in alternative care. Findings are based on documentation and outcomes from SOS programmes and families in five European countries. (2012) French German Italian

  • Reports on National Alternative Care Arrangements

    [Care for ME! campaign] Assessments of existing alternative care settings and their components were the first step before sub-Saharan African countries could participate in the campaign to improve care on the national level for children without parental care. These reports form the foundation for the comprehensive Drumming Together for Change publication. (2014)

  • Snapshots of National Alternative Care Arrangements

    [Care for ME! campaign] With the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children as the standard, we assessed alternative child care standards in 18 countries. Included in these reports are recommendations for areas of improvement in law and practice. (2013)

  • Tracking Footprints: Global Report

    More than 2,400 adults, from 41 countries, who lived in SOS families and SOS villages as children participated in this global report which documents their experiences, life outcomes and perspectives on the care they received. (2010)

  • Facts & Figures That Matter

    [I Matter campaign] This interim evaluation report from the campaign assesses lessons learned, achievements and failures, and measures needed to improve conditions and outcomes for young people leaving care. (2010)

  • Ageing Out of Care

    [I Matter campaign] SOS Children’s Villages has put together an unprecedented review of the circumstances under which young people leave alternative care in Europe and Central Asia. (2010)