Taskforce MOOC4COM

Photo: Mooc4COM Taskforce, Geneva 2018

Better Care Network

The Better Care Network (BCN) is recognized as the preeminent information hub and global convener to influence action for children without adequate family care. BCN is an interagency initiative that facilitates global information exchange and collaboration among the growing number of organizations, governments, community groups, and individuals working to strengthen children’s care. BCN advocates for technically sound policy and programmatic action on global, regional, and national levels. The BCN website ( is the largest online collection of key research, tools, events and other documentation on issues related to strengthening family care and alternative care, designed to support academics, policymakers and practitioners alike. Its bi-monthly newsletter highlights recent research, practice, tools and the latest events and forthcoming opportunities. For more information send us a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) is comprised of a team of professionals in child protection and alternative care based in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. CELCIS is a non-governmental agency that works across Scotland and internationally, supporting policy and practice for those who work with and on behalf of children at risk of losing parental care, are in alternative care, and those who have left care. Being based in this University means the CELCIS team also has access to the infrastructure of a large teaching institution, including colleagues in the School of Education and School of Social Work & Social Policy.

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is where all major stakeholder groups come together to focus their words, actions and resources on ending violence against children - a unique public private partnership for all actors to hold themselves to account and work together to prevent and respond to violence against children. It includes governments, UN agencies, international organizations, civil society, faith groups, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, research practitioners, academics and children themselves.

FICE International

FICE International (International Federation of Educative Communities) was founded in 1948 under the patronage of UNESCO with a vision to create a global network with an aim to support actions and all those working with children and young people in out-of-home care, children at risk and children with special needs. Based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, all the activities of FICE International respect the personality, interests and needs of the child or the young person. FICE maintains contacts with UNESCO, UNICEF, Council of Europe and ECOSOC. It is also a member of Child Rights Connect, as well as of ENSACT. FICE national sections are present in more than 30 countries around the globe. Their work focuses on conducting scientific studies and research; organizing training courses and seminars aimed to foster continuous education of child care professionals; as well as on promoting the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices between all relevant stakeholders at national, regional and international level.

FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University

The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University is an interdisciplinary center that conducts rigorous investigation of the most serious threats to health and wellbeing globally. We work closely with scholars, students, the international policy community, and civil society to engage in ongoing strategic efforts to promote equity and dignity for those oppressed by grave poverty and stigma around the world.

Hope and Homes for Children

Hope and Homes for Children is a global leader in child protection system reform and the transition from institutional care to family and community based care. HHC’s model of change is recognised as best practice by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and national partners. For over 20 years we have helped transform child protection systems through pioneering deinstitutionalisation, working directly with children, parents and carers, helping to strengthen the capacity of thenational social workforce and supporting advocacy efforts in 25 countries.


International Detention Coalition

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 300 civil society organisations and individuals in more than 70 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention. The IDC works to ensure that the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants impacted by immigration detention are respected, protected and fulfilled. The IDC aims to bring about changes in legislation, policy and practice that prevent, mitigate and respond to the harms associated with immigration detention and that promote alternatives to detention. The IDC does this through our four key areas of work: network and capacity building, advocacy, awareness raising and campaigns, research and reporting.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is an international organisation headquartered in Geneva on the basis of a status agreement executed with the Swiss Federal Council.  The Federation serves the world’s largest humanitarian network of 190 National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and over 17 million volunteers that act before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. The Federation’s objective is to "inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by the National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and the promotion of peace in the world.

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 169 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM Development Fund (IDF)

The IOM Development Fund has provided a unique global resource to support developing IOM Member States since 2001, to strengthen their migration management capacity. The Fund provides essential “seed funding” for innovative migration-related projects. Priority projects are identified by IOM Member States in coordination with IOM Offices worldwide and include activities that enhance migration management practices and promote humane and orderly migration.

International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)

The IFSW is a global organisation striving for social justice, human rights and social development through the promotion of social work, best practice models and the facilitation of international cooperation. IFSW supports its 116 country members by providing a global voice for the profession. It has been granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. or contact our representative Pascal Rudin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

International Social Service

International Social Service (ISS) is an international NGO founded in 1924 assisting children and families confronted with complex social problems as a result of migration. Thanks to its presence in more than 120 countries, ISS is a global actor promoting child protection and welfare. In addition to its work on the ground, ISS undertakes training projects, awareness raising and advocacy work in an effort to better respect children's rights. ISS supports and helps approximately 75,000 families in the world each year. ISS has a dedicated research division to alternative care and adoption, based at the General Secretariat referred to as the International Reference Centre for Children Deprived of their Families. or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


RELAF is a non-governmental organization working to ensure that all children currently living in orphanages, with some of their rights denied, are able to grow with a family that provides them with the love, care, and stability they need. We promote and support all efforts by governments and NGOs aimed at fulfilling the right to family life of every child and adolescent in Latin America & Caribbean. RELAF works towards the deinstitutionalization of child care, the promotion of foster care, as well as the prevention of separation of children and adolescents from their families and communities.

Save the Children

Save the Children’s child protection programming focuses on direct interventions and building child protection systems to protect children from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation in development and humanitarian contexts in 120 countries. Our focus on children on the move includes direct support to children and families affected by migration and displacement, training and support to social workers and other service providers,  and advocacy to governments and other duty bearers to uphold the rights of child refugees and migrants.. Globally, we co-lead the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compacts and the Children without Appropriate Parental Care Working Group. For more information and for resources, see:

SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children’s Villages is a non-governmental and non-denominational child-focused organisation that provides direct services in the areas of care, education and health for children at risk of losing, or who have already lost, parental care. The organisation also builds the capacity of the children’s caregivers, their families and communities to provide quality care. Finally, SOS Children’s Villages also advocates for the rights of children without parental care. Founded in 1949, it operates in the spirit of the UN CRC and the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in over 130 countries.

Terre des hommes

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the leading Swiss organisation for children’s aid. Through our health, protection and emergency relief programmes, we provide assistance to over three million children and their families in more than 45 countries each year. Children are the first to suffer in times of war, natural disasters and as a result of poverty. At Terre des hommes, our goal is to steadily improve the conditions of the most vulnerable children worldwide.


Set up by the United Nations 70 years ago, in December 1946, to provide food, clothing and health care to the children of Europe who faced famine and disease following World War II, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) now works in 190 countries and territories to promote the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything the organization does. Together with our partners, as UNICEF we work to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to. your social media marketing partner