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24 Apr 2020
Whilst governments have focused on addressing the health and economic aspects of the crisis, the social care sector is being left behind, with drastic consequences on service availability. Support services are adapting to respond to new needs;...
13 Apr 2020
UNICEF Child Rights Officer Viola Szlankó summarized how an epidemiological emergency affects child protection care in a new UNICEF blog post. Most of the children in child protection care have been removed from their families due to abuse, neglect...
18 Feb 2020
The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) has been shaken by the news of a devastating fire in a care home for persons with disabilities in Vejprty, Czech Republic. The fire claimed the lives of...
28 Jan 2020
In Hungary, five thousand children are placed in state care every year. In the SOS Children’s Villages campaign, young adults who have grown up in the system are sending messages to children living in children’s homes. These video messages contain...
07 Jan 2020
Research has found a link between institutional deprivation and smaller brain size in young adulthood. A London-based team examined a group of adoptees from Ceaușescu-era live-in institutions in Romania where children had no toys, food, or...
20 Dec 2019
The Know-How Centre for the Alternative Care for Children, New Bulgarian University, shared a webinar organized under the 'Fulfilling (Im)Possible Dreams' project and the Child Protection Network, which was held in November, 2019. The webinar...
04 Dec 2019
The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) sent their views on the findings of the Disability Rights International report, which was presented last week, to news website Dnevnik. The Ministry called the findings tendentious, unrepresentative,...
26 Nov 2019
Balkan Insight reported on Disability Rights International's (DRI) critique of the lack of significant change in the ways in which children with disabilities are cared for, despite the recent move towards deinstitutionalisation. According to DRI,...
18 Nov 2019
More than 250 experts from universities, institutions and non-governmental organizations from Europe, Australia, Central Asia and the US discussed childcare reform at the International Conference on ‘Deinstitutionalization of Childcare: Investing in...
16 Nov 2019
Bulgaria ON AIR shared a video interview with Evgeniya Toneva from the Center for the Alternative Care for Children at NBU. In the interview, Evgeniya Toneva notes that there are only 21 social care homes in Bulgaria that still need to be...

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