Strengthening vulnerable families
Windows of opportunity
Parents are universally recognized as the primary and the best carers for their children and families as the natural and rightful place for children to grow up, develop and be protected.
However, when a child's parents or other primary caregivers are unable to fulfil their inherent responsibility to care for and protect children adequately, and a child's safety, health, intellectual development and/or emotional wellbeing are put at significant risk of harm, States are obliged to intervene by international law.
When States do intervene, the best interests of the child should always be prioritized.