Guidance for Alternative Care Provision During COVID-19

This document provides practical guidance to actors in humanitarian and development contexts on the adaptations and considerations needed to support children who are either currently in alternative care or are going into an alternative care placement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It expands on the guidance provided in the Interagency Technical Note on Children and Alternative Care Immediate Response Measures and should be read alongside the Technical Note: Adaptation of Child Protection Case Management to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This guidance provides:

Key principles and adaptations needed to prevent family separation and facilitate decision making about care placements.

Key considerations for each type of alternative care placement, including system-level responses and individual child-level responses. 

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