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.

Testing Service Standards and Developing Best Practices for Reaching Standards in OVC Programs

Over the last year or so, several countries and programs have developed service standards for their OVC programs in order to improve the quality of services provided to children, and address the variation in, and lack of equity among, OVC...

Quality Programs for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Facilitator's Guide to Establishing Service Standards

This guide assists communities, governments, and civil society organizations to apply Quality Improvement (QI) methods to services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The guide outlines the key steps that organizations can follow to...