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Introduction and Contact Information

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Thank you for responding to the Global Call for Evidence on Children's Institutional Care and Education, made possible by the support of the UBS Optimus foundation.

The goal of this call for evidence
Despite widespread recognition of children’s right to education and their right to family, there is a critical evidence gap regarding the global links between the two rights and the empirical relationship between institutional care and education. This evidence gap prevents relevant sectors from fully addressing the tensions and opportunities between the rights to education and family within their research, policy, practice and advocacy. The purpose of gathering evidence through this call is to better understand the relationship between institutional care and education in diverse contexts around the world. 

What are children's institutions?
Children's institutions are residential facilities where an ‘institutional culture’ prevails. This includes for example ‘orphanages’, compound/cluster facilities, ‘reception centres’ for unaccompanied migrant children, residential health facilities, psychiatric wards, residential ‘special schools’, and boarding schools.

For more information on definitions, please visit Lumos' website
How to make a submission
Evidence submissions are divided into three themes:

1) Lack of available or accessible education as a driver of child institutionalisation 
2) Institutional care as a barrier to quality education 
3) Educational policy and practice which promotes care reform, including deinstitutionalisation   

For example, if you wanted to provide information about children who are sent to a boarding school because this was the only way for them to access schooling, this would be a submission under Section 1. If you wanted to share a journal article about lack of schooling for children in institutional care, this would be a submission under Section 2. If you had an example of policy which redistributes teachers to rural areas to ensure children can access education in their local community, this would be a submission under Section 3.

You can also add publications and resources in support of your submissions. For each part, you will be able to make up to three submissions.
How your submissions will be used
Lumos is grateful for all submissions. We will analyse all responses to increase our understanding of the relation between institutional care and education. Credible information will be used within publications and disseminated to provide evidence for strategies, interventions, and policies for improving the realisation of the right to education and family life for children around the world. Your submissions will contribute to addressing some of the major gaps in the global evidence base and help strengthen the child protection sector to improve the lives of children and will be a central feature of upcoming publications from Lumos.

Data protection
For more information on how we protect your privacy and data, please read the Lumos Privacy Policy as well as the SurveyMonkey Privacy Policy. If you want to make an anonymous submission, you can leave the contact information fields below blank.
More information
Please read the Guidelines for the Call for Evidence for more information on the aim and methodology of this call, definitions of institutions and education, child and data protection issues, and research at Lumos. For any comments or queries about this call for evidence, please contact us at callforevidence@wearelumos.org

More information about Lumos can be found on our website.

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* 1. Statement on personally identifiable information
The safety and protection of children and adults at risk, both online and offline, is always Lumos' highest priority. Lumos has a duty to report any concerns about the safety and well-being of children and adults at risk that may be revealed through this call for evidence, though we request respondents not to disclose personally identifiable on individual children or adults, including names and exact locations. The only exception is information that is readily available in the public domain, such as publicly available legal proceedings, media articles or publications.  If you are concerned that a child or adult at risk may be experiencing harm or abuse, it is important that this is reported to the appropriate authorities within the country where the harm is occurring, unless it is unsafe to do so.  If you feel that it is unsafe to report the matter to authorities, please seek immediate advice from trusted local services or NGOs, as they will be best placed to provide advice within the specific legal and cultural context. 

If you have any other questions regarding safeguarding at Lumos, please contact us at safeguarding@wearelumos.org.

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* 2. Please enter your contact information.

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* 3. Do you give consent for us to use your name to credit you for evidence you have contributed?