How the event will progress



How do I connect with the larger world? – The need for Networking

Panel discussion between Care Leavers and civil society organisations. 24th Oct, 1330 IST / 1000 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT

Anchored & Hosted By : SOS Children’ Villages


My Care, My Voice

A Video-based Workshop 31st Oct, 1330 IST / 1000 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT
Anchored & Hosted By : Udayan Care, India


Contribution of Research on Care Leaving – the Global Experience

A Panel discussion 7th Nov, 1330 IST / 1000 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT

Anchored & Hosted By : University of Hildesheim, Germany


Poster Contest – presentation on posters and adjudication by Jury

21st Nov, 1330 IST / 1000 CET/ 0800GMT / 1100 EAT
Anchored & Hosted By : Kinderperspectief


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Main Event (3 Days)




Theme of the Day






Time (IST)


Time (CET)




23rd Nov


Convention Opening Session

Welcome Note

Dr. Kiran Modi

Managing Trustee, Udayan Care.

1.30-1.40 pm

10.00 – 10.10 am

11.00- 11.10 am


Address by SOS Children’s Villages

Ms Shubha Murthi,


1.40 – 1.50 pm

10.10 – 10.20 am

11.10- 11.20 am

Address by Organising Committee


Organising Committee

1.50 - 2.00 pm

10.20 – 10.30 am

11.20- 11.30 am

International commitment to Care Leavers

Sector Expert

2.00 - 2.10 pm

10.30 – 10.40 am

11.30 – 11.40 am

Release of Case Study Booklet (India)

Organising Committee / Special Guest

2.10-2.15 pm

10.40 – 10.45 am

11.40- 11.45 am

Response by Expert

Sector Expert

2.15 – 2.25 pm

10.45 – 10.55 am

11.45- 11.55 am

Keynote speech – Expert

Mr. Mark Riddell

National Implementation Adviser, Dept. of Education and Care Leaver

2.25 – 2.45 pm

10.55 – 11.15 am

11.55- 12.15 pm

Care Leavers’ and their experiences during COVID-19


Care Leavers

2.45-3.10 pm

11.15 – 11.40 am

12.15- 12.40 pm


3.10 - 3.30 pm

11.40 – 12 pm

12.40- 1.00 pm


Scenario Building Video

3.30-3.40 pm

12.00 – 12.10 pm

1.00 -1.10 pm


Plenary 1:Practice, policy and legal Framework on Care Leaving

Panel Discussion- Overview, concepts and strategies of Care Leaving in different countries

Will be updated

3.40 – 4.30 PM

12.10 – 1.00 PM

1.10- 2.00 pm

24th Nov



Summary of Day 1 and Plan for Day 2


1.30-1.40 pm

10.00 – 10.10 am

11.00- 11.10 am



Emcee of the Day –Karishma and Sabiti Jack








Voices of Care Leavers

Presentation on the Declaration

UN/CSO reps

DGD 2021 youth representative

1.40-2.20 pm

10.10 – 10.50 am

11.10- 11.50 am

Insights and learnings from existing Care Leavers’ networks -

Will be updated

2.20 – 3.10 pm

10.50 – 11.40 am

11.50- 12.40 pm



3:10 -3:30 pm

11.40 – 12.00 pm

12.40- 1.00 pm

Breakaway Sessions : Key Theme : Connection with the World

-        20 min discussion

-       10 min presentation by 4 groups in plenary session

1.     Being In Care, Experience and Learning


2.    Becoming a Giver from a Receiver


3.     Mainstreaming-Expectations, Challenges and Possible Solutions


4.     Effective participation of Care Leavers

3.30 - 4.30 pm

12.00 – 1.00 pm

1.00- 2.00 pm

Closing Summary of the day and Plan for Day 3






25th Nov



Summary of Day 1 and 2 and Plan for Day 3



10.00 - 10.10am

11.00- 11.10 am

Way Forward Emcee: Grace/Ruth from Keska and Lily from Netherlands



Plenary Session

Good Practices on supporting Care Leavers: Global, Regional and National Commitments

Will be updated

1.40 - 2.40 pm

10.10 – 11.10 am

11.10- 12.10 pm

What is it that the young people want

Care Leavers


2.40-3.00 pm

11.10 – 11.30 am

12.10- 12.30 pm



3.00 - 3.20 pm

11.30- 11.50 am

12.30- 12.50 pm

Care leavers present the key takeaways.


Renewing the 10 points agenda for Care Leavers

All Emcees


3.20 – 3.40 pm

11.50 -12.10 pm

12.50- 1.10 pm

Address by Govt. Representatives/Experts

Will be updated

3.40 – 4.20 pm

12.10 – 12.50 pm

1.10- 1.50 pm

Conclusions and Vote of thanks

OC member

4.20 - 4.30 pm

12.50 – 1.00 pm

1.50- 2.00 pm



Post Convention

The Key Takeaway from the Convention – Care Leavers interface with Stakeholders

A Panel discussion on 11th Dec : 1.30 to 3.30

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Collectivizing Care Leavers

Udayan Care recently concluded a seminal research on ‘Aftercare’ to understand the situation of Care Leavers (youth who have lived in children’s homes and left them at 18 years). Since 2017 Udayan Care has supported an informal support group of Care Leavers from Delhi and this group launched itself at an international conference in March 2018. Known as CLAN, (Care Leavers Association and Network), this youth group has been formed as a city wide network so that CLs from different CCIs (Child Care Institutions) can join and there can be a greater synergy and support system amongst themselves.

Members from CLAN presented their care experiences in the form of a street play at the launch of the report on Aftercare.

Udayan Care in association with the University of Hildesheim – Germany, organized an Indo-German Meet for Care Leavers , from December 1-6, 2019, as part of the Project “Peer-Port”, transnational cooperation between Care Leavers in India and Germany.


The main objective of the project “Aftercare Peer Support” (Peer Port) is to create and support a group of Care Leavers who are strong enough to support others and empower them to investigate, advocate and promote the participation of Care Leavers in the local communities, educational system, and labour market.


It was a great learning experience for everyone who participated in the programme. The programme shared insights on the respective systems on child care and Aftercare in the two countries. It also helped to understand the challenges faced by Care Leavers. The Care Leavers are very excited about this collaboration and look forward to their work together to improve systems and policies in their respective countries.

Landscape Survey

The onslaught of COVID-19 and its consequences has been unprecedented. It has taken a toll on vulnerable youth such as Care Leavers (youth exiting Alternative Care settings) making them further vulnerable to homelessness, financial insecurity due to precarious employment and the gig economy. The impact of social isolation and the understandable increased levels of anxiety surrounding the crisis only exacerbated their vulnerability to mental health difficulties. 


The organizing committee of the 1st International Care Leavers Convention- India conducted a brief survey in May 2020 to understand their situation, ways they were coping up with the pandemic and the support they needed and were being provided with, if any at all. The survey aimed to capture the dominant thoughts of young people during this time, support organized for them, challenges faced by this vulnerable group and their suggestions on what kind of changes they would like to see for Care Leavers in a post COVID-19 world. Read the insights from the landscape survey here