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Children in Institutions

The Beginning of the End?

  • Author: UNICEF
  • Publication date: August 2003
  • Page count: 120
  • Language(s) in this book: English
  • Sales number: 03.XX.7

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About the book

There is a growing global consensus in favour of family-based alternatives to institutional care for children. No residential institution --no matter how well meaning-- can replace the family environment so essential to every child. This Innocenti Insight examines efforts to prevent the institutionalization of children in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Italy, and Spain. It focuses on public and private initiatives as well as on local and national policies. The study states that policies to discourage institutionalization should be strengthened and alternatives encouraged. This includes raising public awareness.