Recommendation establishes the
overall guiding principles to be applied whenever a child is placed outside
the family, particularly in a residential institution and underlines that
every placement must ensure that the child's human rights are fully
respected. According to this Recommendation,
placements are justified only when the child is in such danger that it is
impossible for him or her to remain in the family environment. Residential
institutions - when necessary through reforms – have to assure children of
the best possible development and future; the reintegration of children into
family life is also considered. The quality of supervision is an important
factor too, for it provides a minimum safeguard against the foster family
itself causing harm.
We are working on the promotion and follow-up of this Recommendation, which
was presented in 2005 United Nations Day of General Discussion on Children
without Parental Care, organised by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The latter welcomed our work and recommended that the international community
organise an expert meeting to prepare a set of international standards for
the protection and alternative care of children without parental care for the
UN General Assembly to consider and adopt in 2006.
In 2009, the European Committee for Social Cohesion made an evaluation of
the implementation of the Recommendation and produced a
report on the results.
leaflet presenting the Recommendation was also prepared in 2009 and
translated into several languages.