Human Rights Council
Eleventh Session
Resolution 11/7. Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
The Human Rights Council,
Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights
of the Child, and celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Convention in 2009,
Reaffirming also all previous resolutions on the rights of the child of the Council, the
Commission on Human Rights and the General Assembly, the most recent being Council
resolutions 7/29 of 28 March 2008, 9/13 of 24 September 2008 and 10/8 of 26 March 2009 and
Assembly resolution 63/241 of 24 December 2008,
Considering that the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, the text of which is
annexed to the present resolution, set out desirable orientations for policy and practice with the
intention of enhancing the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and of
relevant provisions of other international instruments regarding the protection and well-being of
children deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so,
1.
Welcomes the accomplishment of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of
Children;
2.
Decides to submit the Guidelines to the General Assembly for consideration with a
view to their adoption on the twentieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
27th meeting
17 June 2009
[Adopted without a vote.]

Annex
GUIDELINES FOR THE ALTERNATIVE CARE OF CHILDREN
I. PURPOSE
1.
The present Guidelines are intended to enhance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child and of relevant provisions of other international instruments regarding the protection and well-being of
children who are deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so.
2.
Against the background of these international instruments and taking account of the developing body of
knowledge and experience in this sphere, the Guidelines set out desirable orientations for policy and practice. They
are designed for wide dissemination among all sectors directly or indirectly concerned with issues relating to
alternative care, and seek in particular to:

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