Reporting on Vulnerable Children in Care Systems
Dates: 07 May 11 May | Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Application deadline: 17 April | Programme: Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World
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This is an opportunity provided by the Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World programme: Find out more

This is a unique opportunity to develop your investigative and analytical skills around an under-reported topic close to the heart of the debate about sustainable development.
 
For years, conventional wisdom held that the best place to care for an orphan or mistreated child was in an institution. Charities and religious groups followed a similar logic. Historic abuse or neglect in institutions, adoption scandals, fake orphanages and the experiences of children themselves have given policy makers and professionals alike pause for thought.
 
Today, that thinking is changing.

 
Champions of an alternative approach cite decades of research which says children belong in families not in institutions. Personalities such as Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling have thrown their star power behind the campaign.
  
This programme encourages journalists to explore the risks faced by vulnerable children, and different domestic and international strategies to protect them.
 
This is an intensive five-day training programme to provide practical skills, tools and strategies to report on this complex topic. It includes opportunities to meet experts on the issue, combined with field trips. 
 
It focuses on public and private initiatives to protect orphans or children sold by impoverished families, and to offer them a future. Could government money and private donations be better spent on keeping children with their families and in their communities?
  
It places it in the context of the international community’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
 
This programme challenges you and your readers, listeners or viewers to answer the question: “Is there an innovative home-grown solution just waiting to be discovered in OUR country?”


 
ELIGIBILITY
Journalists working in English for domestic media across Africa may apply. We are particularly
interested in journalists from: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra
Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Journalists working in any medium may apply – print, radio, TV, online
Journalists must be fluent in English
Journalists must have a minimum of one year's experience. They should either be working full-time
for a media organisation, or a freelancer whose main work is journalism
 
FUNDING
We will cover all travel and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme, by providing accommodation, meals and transport.
 
SUBMISSIONS
When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents - please have these ready:
Two work samples (maximum file size 5 MB)
A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to
publish/broadcast resulting stories.

This programme is supported by UBS Optimus Foundation.

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Caring for Vulnerable Children in a Fractured World

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with UBS Optimus Foundation, aims to raise awareness across three key regions (Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa) of the impact of institutional care on children. This programme offers journalists the tools to stimulate public debate and contribute to policy change by exploring what the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child might mean by the “best interests” of the child, by analysing the role of child protection or philanthropy in care systems, or by examining the impact of phenomena such as “voluntourism”  
     

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