How We Care: Children on the move

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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

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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

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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

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