Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 2009 [on the report of the Third Committee (A/64/434)] 64/142. Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Extract on Residential Care

123.   Facilities providing
residential care should be small and be organized around the rights and needs
of the child, in a setting as close as possible to a family or small group
situation. Their objective should generally be to provide temporary care and to
contribute actively to the child’s family reintegration or, if this is not
possible, to secure his/her stable care in an alternative family setting,
including through adoption or kafala
of Islamic law, where appropriate.

124.   Measures should be taken so
that, where necessary and appropriate, a child solely in need of protection and
alternative care may be accommodated separately from children who are subject
to the criminal justice system.

125.   The competent national or
local authority should establish rigorous screening procedures to ensure that
only appropriate admissions to such facilities are made.

126.   States should ensure that
there are sufficient carers in residential care settings to allow
individualized attention and to give the child, where appropriate, the
opportunity to bond with a specific carer. Carers should also be deployed
within the care setting in such a way as to implement effectively its aims and
objectives and ensure child protection.

127.   Laws, policies and
regulations should prohibit the recruitment and solicitation of children for
placement in residential care by agencies, facilities or individuals.


Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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