This document makes the case for the importance of investing in family strengthening in countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It has a particular focus on support for families so that any unnecessary separation of children from their families and placement in alternative care can be prevented.
This series of five reports was commissioned by SOS Children’s Villages International, Regional Office for CEE/CIS/Middle East. The reports based on a multi-country desk review include Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
These reports are the outcomes of consultations conducted with children in residential care and children in family strengthening programmes respectively. The aim of the study is to gather and share the perspectives of children on their realities. The detailed report of findings of children in residential care is here and the report of children in family strengthening programmes is here. A summary report of the consultation is available here.
This report provides evidence on the functions, quality and outcomes of residential care. The report was researched and compiled by CELCIS (Porter, R. B., Mitchell, F., & Giraldi, M.) and commissioned by SOS Children’s Villages International. The executive summary of the report is available here. The full literature review is available here.
This position statement presents the key asks that are necessary to ensure that the rights and needs of children without or at risk of losing parental care are prioritised by national, regional and international governments as they adopt measures to mitigate the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. English French Spanish
This global report for the first time collates evidence from 12 countries across four regions of the world, detailing the ways in which young people with alternative care backgrounds cope with the challenges of becoming self-reliant and are supported by the state and other actors on their path towards decent work and social inclusion. (2018)
Children affected by migration face specific challenges to their rights. Policies and programme responses to the movement of refugees and migrants must grant children the appropriate care and services, regardless of their migration status or that of their parents. This position paper provides concrete cases and recommendations for decision-makers. (2016) A4 - US-Letter
This report, published in collaboration with Eurochild, aims to help child protection services across Europe to respond to the needs of refugee and migrant children, including those travelling without their family. It explores how professionals dealing with migrant and refugee children seek to empower them as they try to rebuild their lives in a new country. This includes supporting them as they go through asylum and family reunification procedures, and adjusting to new schools and societies. (2017)
1 in 10 children worldwide are growing up without the loving care they need. In this paper, SOS Children's Villages explores the reasons why children grow up alone, how it affects their development and what can be done to ensure that these children have their rights met. (2017)
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. English Spanish
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
[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)
[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) English French Executive Summary
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) English Spanish German
[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) English Spanish
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. English Spanish French German
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
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) English French
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) English French German Italian
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)
[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)
[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)