Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

This report offers recommendations for strengthening child-sensitive reception, care and services for unaccompanied children in the United States. Drawing on UNICEF’s global experience, international guidance, and the insights of key stakeholders, the report intends to offer a constructive, solutions-oriented vision for addressing the challenges related to child-sensitive reception and care within the U.S. The report highlights the important features that make a reception and care system for unaccompanied migrant children child-sensitive: an organizational culture centered around child rights, dignity and care, as well as reception processes that incorporate child welfare principles and engage qualified child welfare professionals to screen and interview children, provide clear information, assess their needs, and take a leading role in decisions that affect them.

Download document: PDF iconBuilding-Bridges-for-Every-Child.pdf

Author(s): UNICEF

Year of Publication: 2021

Workforce themes: Case management, Systems

Program themes: Alternative care, Child protection

Geographic location: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, United States of America

Source: Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States | Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

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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