Child Care & Protection Reform in the Commonwealth

Date: March 23, 2023
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As a result of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Commonwealth leaders issued a far-reaching declaration, recognising that children’s protection and care reform is crucial for social development and poverty reduction goals and for a country’s future. The Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform committed the Commonwealth to ensure the social protection and safeguarding of children and young people, laid down potential actions to better protect children and young people across the Commonwealth from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect, and acknowledged the harm of institutionalisation.

The Commonwealth Secretariat/Social Development Division and Commonwealth accredited and civil society organisations have organised this Roundtable to convene key stakeholders to discuss how to operationalise and effectively implement the Declaration. Drawing on the expertise and experience of care and protection reform for children and youth among stakeholders from across the Commonwealth, the Roundtable will help to identify priority areas for future action and develop a roadmap towards the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Samoa, 2024).

The objectives of the roundtable discussion are to:

  • Raise awareness about the Kigali Declaration on Child Care and Protection Reform and its aspiration for Commonwealth collective action;
  • Share best practice on child care and protection reforms across the Commonwealth;
  • Outline the roadmap for operationalisation and implementation; and
  • Agree a Pan-Commonwealth partnership to support the implementation of the Declaration.

To join the Roundtable, please register at