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SOS Children's Villages International,University of Bedfordshire
This report draws on evidence from an extensive global literature review, and assessments of the implementation of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in 21 countries. It finds high levels of vulnerability and risk of violence facing children in alternative care, but 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.
This report finds considerable gaps in data available on children in alternative care; in the spirit of providing sound research, this report provides policymakers and practitioners with insight into the challenges of protecting children, and makes recommendations for change to ensure that every child is provided with safe and quality care.