What is alternative care for children?
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Sets out basic State obligations for states to play their role in ensuring the protection and well-being of all children. However, it does not provide significant guidance on how to meet the needs of children in need of alternative care (where the child has lost parental care or is at risk of losing parental care).
UN Guidelines on Alternative Care
This is why, in 2004, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child developed the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. Member states like Eswatini then developed their own National Guidelines on Alternative Care in 2009.