Good Practice in Care Arrangements

Ensuring quality care arrangements and, as possible and appropriate, subsequent interventions to reunite them with their families, are fundamental to the safety, well-being, and development of children placed in care.  Such services are best led by social work or child protection agencies, but also require the involvement of a wide range of education, health, and legal personnel, as well as community members... More >>


Assessment and Placement Monitoring

An assessment is the dynamic process of gathering and analysing information in order to undertake informed interventions...

Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account...

Permanency Planning

Permanency planning is the process of assessing and preparing a child for long term care when in out-of-home placements such as kinship or foster care...

Use of Guardians

A guardian is a legally appointed adult representative for a child. Their function is to ensure that a child’s rights are upheld and their best interests are protected...

Gatekeeping

"Gatekeeping", as it is used on this web site, is the process of referring children and families to appropriate services or care arrangement with the aim of limiting inappropriate placements, especially in institutional care...

Effects of Institutional Care

Institutional care has been shown to cause a wide range of problems for children...

Child Development Information

Knowledge of child development is the foundation for work with children, and therefore is a requirement for all those seeking to protect children...