The issue of children and youth without parental care is an issue that has many aspects in which many parties in society are directly and indirectly involved, such as government agencies, civil society, media and others. Therefore, Wataneya has been keen since 2008 to address these various parties to unite efforts for these children and youth to ensure a decent life for them.
Cooperation was also carried out through working groups concerned with children’s issues, including the Egyptian Child Protection Association, which is overseen by UNICEF, and the National Association of Alternative Families in the Ministry of Social Solidarity, to join innovative solutions to meet the needs of children and young people without parental care.
Within the framework of the vision of the Ministry of Social Solidarity and its serious efforts to develop the alternative family system in Egypt to provide a safe and stable environment for children without parental care. As the “family” is the ideal environment for the upbringing of the child, the Supreme Committee for Alternative Families was established pursuant to the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 178 of 2016 To amend some of the provisions of the Regulations of the Child Act issued in 2010 Child, which consists of a number of competencies and expertise of relevant ministries of civil society bodies to develop the system of alternative families and expand the care of children of unknown descent through the preparation of a new bill for alternative families To promote the goal of ensuring that children in alternative families, setting standards and have to remove all the obstacles plaguing the current system to ensure that, and allow an application to ensure that a child alternative family system electronically and to launch alternative family strategy 2017-2020 implementation plan for him.
Since Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages and the Vis Foundation for children in the need of a member of the Committee of the families of alternative civil society representatives, and their expertise in the field of alternative care, were assigned by the Chairman of the Committee to develop a proposal for a guide to the system of alternative families in Egypt to become a model of work and a guide for efforts In line with the strategic plan to develop and activate the alternative family system.
Through a protocol of cooperation between Vis and Wataneya, the two institutions have developed this guide based on the results of field and research studies of the alternative family care system and the study of the best international and Arab systems and practices followed by the scientific and professional methods to produce the most appropriate recommendations suitable for the Egyptian environment.
Quality Standards for Alternative Care
In order to support a healthy life in care homes, and to guarantee the continuation of such healthy life, there was a need for quality care standards to control the existing system within the care home. Therefore, Wataneya merged studying the best international practices in the field of child care inside housing establishments, and monitoring the needs of orphanages in Egypt to reach the quality standards of care required to ensure the child a healthy environment that qualifies him to be an effective member of the community and contribute to understanding his role in building the community. Thus, Wataneya implemented these standards on the ground through activities and programs that were activated with the role of partner orphanages. Through the experience gained in the field, these standards have been worked through working with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, Family and Childhood Departments, Social Defense and Social Rehabilitation, and coordination with UNICEF, Save the Children and a number of other associations.
A ministerial decree was issued obliging the institutions to implement the model regulation governing the work of housing establishments, which stipulates the application of the minimum “quality standards for the care of children deprived of family care within housing establishments”.
Quality standards of care include 4 axes:
- Environment, infrastructure and equipment
- Child protection and advocacy
- Integrated care
- Effective management