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25 oktober 2016
In 2016, more than 30.000 separated children came to Europe to file an asylum application. These children are vulnerable and have, according to the CRC, a right to extra protection. However, the degree of protection differs between European countries and even between different regions within a country. In the report 'Harmonising the protection of unaccompanied minors in Europe', the Council of Europe establishes concrete measures to improve the procedures of separated children and the collaboration within Europe.
The Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP) is pleased that the Council for this end, refers to the Core Standards for Guardians of Separated Children in Europe. The Core Standards are considered by the Council as a 'good example of a workable model for guardianship'.
From December 2009 until November 2011, Defence for Children International the Netherlands coordinated the project 'Closing a Protection Gap: Core Standards for Guardians of Separated Children'. Seven SCEP partners were involved in this project. During the project, the ten Core Standards were developed, together with 127 separated children, 68 guardians and 39 experts. From 2012 until December 2014, Defence for Children International the Netherlands also coordinated the follow-up project 'Closing a Protection 2.0'. The primary aim of this project was to ensure the Core Standards to be implemented on both national and European level.
Following up the report 'Harmonising the protection of unaccompanied minors in Europe', the Councils resolution of 13 October 2016 urges Member States to identify and implement durable solutions for separated children based on an assessment of the interests of the child, and their right to safety, protection and development. Furthermore, there should be monitor procedures to supervise the return of these children to their country of origin.
Jantine Walst, coordinator of the SCEP Network:
"This is an incredible support for the implementation of the Core Standards for Guardians in Europe. It is unacceptable that the degree of protection that these vulnerable children receive in Europe differs by country. Guardianship is essential to guarantee the best interest of the child. As coordinator of the Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP), Defence for Children advocates to authorities and guardians for the implementation of the Core Standards."