Child-friendly UN Guidelines on Alternative Care

Date: 18th September 2019
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care


The guidelines are aimed to be a useful resource for children and young people who can no longer live with their parents, as well as for their families and peers.  

The UN Alternative Care Guidelines, published in 2009, were developed by UN bodies, government authorities, and NGOs, in consultation with children and young people. They offer guidance on making rights real for children without the care of their parents or at risk of losing this care.

The child and young person-friendly version was developed by members of the I Matter International Youth Council from SOS Children’s Villages International. It includes an explanation of several important aspects, including:

  • the scope of the Guidelines
  • general principles that institutions should follow when arranging alternative care for children and young people
  • children and young people’s participation in the decision-making process
  • the rights of children and young people who are in alternative care
  • provision of after-care support.

Access the child-friendly guidelines.