February 29, 2016

SAVE THE DATE, 3-5 October 2016, Geneva


For more than 10 years now ISS has been at the forefront advocating for international guidelines on alternative care working with an international consortium of agencies, which culminated in their acceptance at the UNGA in December 2009.


ISS continued to spearhead inter-agency initiatives with the implementation of the Guidelines, with the publication of Moving Forward ( in 2013 translated into 8 languages and ongoing treaty body mainstreaming efforts.


We are proud today to be partnering with the same international inter-agencies to be “building on the momentum” to organise an alternative care conference in Geneva, bringing together experts and practitioners from across the world to discuss how to move forward in the framework of  the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.


ISS will have the opportunity to showcase its expertise in the plenary sessions by way of two interventions. Likewise a space will be available for ISS members to consider submitting contributions to poster sessions highlighting of of what we do in cross border casework, unaccompanied and separated children, kinship care to name but a few.



Call for applications to develop a MOOC on alternative care 


(applications close on March 17th)​


As part of the Geneva and NY Working Groups’ activities and in parallel with the conference above, ISS in collaboration with international agencies seeks to build on resources to implement the Guidelines such as Moving Forward ( and Tracking Progress Initiative, by developing an International Training Tool by way of a MOOC (massive online open course) that will focus on alternative care.


TORs for a competent team to develop the  MOOC on alternative care are attached. please note again that applications close on 17 March 2016 midnight.


As with the ISS/HccH In’t’l conference THC 1996 in October 2015, we welcome a wide participation from ISS  network. To see  how you can contribute pls contact:


More information at


We look forward to having as many of you with us at this international event, another milestone for the ISS network.


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