Internal newsletter October 2013
We are now starting on the exciting phase of identifying our first associate members. Nicola and Fran have scoped in Kenya and we are starting to identify countries for Asia and South America. The formal consultation phase with staff is underway for the restructuring of the Support Unit in preparation for the Secretariat to be in place to report to the member-led Board from 1 April. - Amanda
General and SU news
As part of our continual efforts to improve communication and collaboration, embrace new technology and provide a robust platform for working the Support Unit has Gone Google. This means that we will be working with Google's web based applications which will hopefully make communicating and collaborating with one another and members much simpler and easier.
Omattie Madray from ChildLink and Elsa Herrera from JUCONI along with Richard Hartill (TCU) recently attended the IPSCAN Conference in Vina del Mar, Chile. Richard said: “The Conference was an excellent learning opportunity with plenty of time for talking to presenters. ChildLink and JUCONI both gave excellent presentations which helped position Family for Every Child. I was able to distribute Family for Every Child materials and make very good contacts with potential member organisations in Chile, Guatemala and Colombia. Good links were also established with possibilities of searching for key consultants through IPSCAN bulletins and linking with good practice in different areas of child protection, child care and reintegration.”
Read our blogs!
We have started publishing blogs on our website. Recent additions include articles by:
Anna Feuchtwang on the practice exchange with the Sanctuary Institute during the New York Steering Committee meeting; Dr. Abla Elbadry - Hope Village Society – on the erosion of child rights in Egypt in recent months; Regional Advisor Fran Mhundwa on the African Union, child protection and the opportunity for regional advocacy; Hugh Salmon on visiting an Uyisenga Ni Imanzi project in Rwanda. The latter includes some lovely video footage.
Further to the Values and Communications Task Group meeting on the 16 October the draft Communications Toolkit was approved. The Toolkit will be added to the Teamsite for members to access.
One of the key areas which was raised at the New York Steering Committee was around how members should talk about their membership of Family for Every Child - particularly on their websites. This is addressed in the "How to ... Develop Your Website" guide and we are just getting this translated so we can send it to members separately with guidance and logos to include on all members sites.
We aim to get the rest of the Toolkit translated by the end of December and ask that members and their communications teams familiarise themselves with the guidelines.
Family For Every Child launch
The Values and Communications Task Group also discussed the Launch plans and it has been agreed that the formal launch of the organisation will take place during the week of 12-16 May 2014 to coincide with the UN International Day of the Family.
The launch will focus around a new report which we have commissioned on "Why care matters" which will include a number of recommendations for us to take forward internationally and nationally. The launch is primarily an advocacy focused tool and Regional Advisors are currently setting up meetings with members to discuss their advocacy plans and how they might fit the report into those, as well as potential activities during the launch week. We assume that some members will be more heavily involved than others depending on how far advanced their advocacy activities are.
Who should we contact?
Below is our current list of primary Communications contacts in your organisations. Please let us know if your designated Comms person has changed. We will often email this person when we need material (for website/newsletters), to check on project progress and to check we have our facts correct.
The Conceptual framework…
..is now available online in Arabic and Spanish. The Russian version is to follow later this autumn.
Advocacy and Policy
We are developing a short policy position on adoption. Comments have been sought from a small reference group and from the wider membership and the final paper is being developed by Emily and should be ready by the 1 November. We will take this approach going forward to explore in more depth key aspects of the conceptual framework.
Reintegration: inter-agency report
You can now download the full report: Reaching for Homeon our website. This paper is the first output of the inter-agency reintegration group, which is currently chaired by Family for Every Child. The report outlines existing practices in relation to the various stages of the reintegration process and suggests principles for good practice. There is also an executive summary online, translations of which will follow shortly (Arabic, Spanish, Russian)
Family for Every Child became members of the Clinton Global Initiative and plans to deliver or join a commitment in support of one of its seven tracks by September 2014. This is great exposure for the alliance and an excellent opportunity to build global and strategic relationships. In addition, Jenny Chan went to two conferences this month where she made some interesting connections, particularly with people interested in networks and projects focused on scaling impact. As a follow up, she had lunch with the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Comic Relief application deadline was last Thursday, 31 October and we submitted an application with Challenging Heights and Uyisenga Ni Imanzi focused on developing practice in reintegration.The project summary is: three organisations are coming together to ensure that 420 girls and boys who have been forced to leave home in Ghana and Rwanda can find a permanent place with a caring family. While we help these children we will test new community approaches to returning separated girls and boys, and urge authorities/NGOs to incorporate these advances into their work.
East African trip
Hugh Salmon spent two fascinating weeks, 6 - 19 October, touring four countries in East and Southern Africa to promote the Technical Consultancy Unit - this included meeting members, joining members in making links with potential partners and clients, and learning about the situation facing children and families at risk or in adversity. He was joined by Fran Mhundwa in Addis and Nairobi, and Gillian Mann in Addis. The most interesting and encouraging aspects of the trip were:
- Meeting with key regional bodies in Addis Ababa (the African Union and Africa Child Policy Forum) and identifying opportunities for collaboration.
- Learning from child protection specialists at the UNICEF regional and country offices in Nairobi about the varied challenges and opportunities across the region.
- Hearing about the impressive and concerted efforts to promote family and community-based care in Rwanda, which became a national priority after children spoke up at a national assembly and said 'close children's homes' The Prime Minister promised to do so, within a year (later changed to two). UNICEF, Hope and Homes for Children and our member Uyisenga Ni Imanzi are now working hard with the National Commission for Children to make the reforms effective, safe and sustainable.
- Witnessing the start of two exciting new consultancy projects, one in Malawi to research and design reintegration models for UNICEF and the government, and one in Kenya for Railway Children and Undugu Society, helping develop an enhanced monitoring and evaluation framework for their work with street affected children. The great thing about both projects is how we are managing to link together highly skilled national consultants and researchers with established international consultants.
Hugh's only regrets are that he only once had a chance to venture outside of a capital city, a short trip into the lush green rolling hills of Rwanda to visit one of UI's projects. And that he had only 2-4 days in each country, so only enough for initial introductions.
A big thanks to our members, in particular Meseret and Abebaw from FSCE in Ethiopia and Chaste from Uyisenga Ni Imanzi in Rwanda, for all their efforts, perseverance and flexibility in hosting the visits and setting up a fascinating and rewarding range of visits and meetings. We hope these will form a basis for many joint consultancy and technical assistance ventures to come.
Child Rights Connect launch petition
Sign today to support making children a priority with laws and systems to promote children's rights. Start the change for children in your country and around the world - tell your government to move child rights up the national agenda!
Juvenile Justice and violence
The International NGO Council on Violence Against Children (INCO), launched its latest report, "Creating a non-violent juvenile justice system", in New York on 16 October. The report was been written to address the growing epidemic and global magnitude of the violence being experienced by children in juvenile justice systems.
Alternative care in emergencies
Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference
Concluded on 18th October. The presentations are now avilable online:http://www.youtube.com/user/NoChildHarmed