About this topic
Globally, an estimated 50 million children are on the move – leaving home, their communities and sometimes their countries for work or to escape violence, conflict, poverty or discrimination. Others may be displaced and separated, or taken from families against their will for exploitation of various kinds. While children are on the move around the world for a multitude of reasons and in a wide range of contexts, their experiences tend to be characterised by a lack of care and concern for their best interests by those with whom they come into contact.
Promoting the effective integration and reintegration of children on the move is an urgent priority as all regions grapple with extraordinary levels of conflict, disasters, mass migration, poverty and violence. In this How We Care series we examine how three of our Members are responding to this through their programming.
In 2016 Family for Every Child published global interagency Guidelines on Children’s Reintegration, which provide the legal and policy frameworks and principles for children’s reintegration, as well as guidance on various aspects of work with individual children and families.
Explore the models
Model 1: Supported Independent Living (SIL) programme for unaccompanied minors
Organisation: METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development – facilitating the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Greece
Location: Athens, Greece
Model: Supported Independent Living (SIL) programme for unaccompanied minors
Model 2: Art therapy
Organisation: Taller de Vida – Center for Development and Psychosocial Consulting – working with children affected by armed conflict in Colombia, striving to keep them safe and protect their rights
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Model: Art therapy for the reintegration of children in armed conflict
Model 3: Reintegration of street-connected children
Organisation: Uyisenga Ni Imanzi – facilitating children’s reintegration into society across Rwanda, and promoting their rights in families and communities
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Model: Programme for the reintegration of street-connected children