Vulnerable Children & Families

School Children in Nigeria

Due to the long-term effects of HIV, AIDS and poverty, many countries are home to increasing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and support beyond what can be provided by their families. Government, civil society, and the international donor community have attempted to fill those gaps in care and support through the provision of services to millions of at-risk children. Standardizing the delivery of child and family welfare services is a first step toward achieving a systemic and sustained response to the needs of vulnerable children and families. Improvement methods can help national coordinating bodies and implementing partners to develop and put in practice outcomes-oriented standards for vulnerable children and family services. Improvement methods can also test models to support and strengthen government capacity to protect most vulnerable children--those at risk of or living outside of family care.

Selecting Sites for Community Conversations on Child Protection Systems

Bernard Morara

ANPPCAN/Senior Program Officer, Communication, Child Protection Systems Project

The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) has begun a new four-country initiative, in partnership with the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) and the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project (ASSIST) to support district and community networks to improve the effectiveness and reach of child protection systems.

Change Package for Quality Improvement in Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programmes in Kenya

This change package was developed following a harvest meeting where quality improvement teams shared the results of what they had successfully implemented over a period of two years since the first improvement team was formed, though...

Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Children in Kenya: Experiences from implementing quality service standards

This document is a compilation of case studies that are aimed at those implementing programmes for orphaned and vulnerable children highlights the impact of implementing the Minimum Service Standards on the lives and wellbeing of...

Minimum Service Standards for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Kenya: Job Aid Booklet

This resource is a job aid booklet for improving the quality of services for orphans and vulnerable children at the community level. The booklet will go through the general principles of the quality service standards, and the eight core...

Community leaders at the helm of improvement

Tiwonge Tracy Moyo

Chief of Party, Malawi, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Most organisations working with communities collaborate with government line ministries at a particular time depending on the type of activity being implemented. What I value in the Blantyre story is the pivotal role the multi-sectoral QI team is performing to improve vulnerable children’s wellbeing at the community level. All the members of the team bring some knowledge, skills and experiences to support young children to thrive in their holistic development.

Community Partnerships for Child Protection in Africa

This flyer describes the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), the African Network for Protection and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), and the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) working together to...

Meeting the Different Needs of Boys and Girls in Services for Vulnerable Children

This technical brief describes the different needs of boys and girls requiring Vulnerable Children services. It describes key gender issues five priority service areas: access to education, health and nutrition, psychosocial support,...

Improvements in quality of care and support services for vulnerable children in Bagamoyo District, Tanzania

The HIV/AIDS pandemic, coupled with other factors such as poverty, is the major cause of increased numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. To address this concern, Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare led the...

Implementation of Standards of Service Delivery for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya: A Prospective Evaluation of Performance, Costs, and Equity

Due to an increase in the number of children affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, efforts to provide services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) have expanded quickly in recent years, with a focus on high coverage and outputs but...

Implementation of Standards of Service Delivery for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya: A Prospective Evaluation of Performance, Costs and Equity

Due to an increase in the number of children affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, efforts to provide services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) have expanded quickly in recent years, with a focus on high coverage and outputs but...

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