We are making a difference to the experiences and life chances of looked after children right here in Scotland, but our influence and expertise in the development of care systems is also recognised internationally. And in our work with the international child care community, Scotland enjoys a two-way learning process. This makes sense, because concern about children who don't have parental care is a global one.
Our own work overseas with international partners is focused on reforming care systems through information sharing and the promotion of good practice. We exchange experience about many aspects of preventing children becoming unnecessarily separated from parents and of children in care with overseas partners and projects. We share our own knowledge and expertise through our consultancy, advisory and training services. Our work is informed by an evidence-based, improvement approach, and we are also able to connect and link partners for an exchange of practice models, research, literature and learning, right across Europe and the wider world.
We are fully committed to promoting the rights of children living in and on the edges of care, and our approach is driven by the principles within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. These recognise the essential role of preventing unnecessary separation and good quality family-based alternative care for children out of their parents' care, within a range of alternative care settings.
A high proportion of our international work is delivered in partnership with government bodies and major agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations, including UNICEF and Terre des Hommes. We've been invited to contribute to projects in countries as diverse as Turkey, Malawi and Estonia.
We provide a gateway to Scotland and the UK for overseas enquiries and visitors. As a source of information and expertise, we are able to respond to requests for data, research and information quickly and effectively. We take pride in our ability to connect people from different countries to share good practice and developments in service delivery for children in alternative care.
Welcoming visitors also lets us acknowledge the challenges we still face and the distance we still have to travel to make marked improvements in the lives of looked after children here in our own country.
We spread the word at international conferences, and work with a tremendous range of international partners.
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