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The Statement of Good Practice has been drawn up by SCEP in order to provide a straightforward account of the policies and practices required to implement and protect the rights of separated children in Europe. The Statement is principally informed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and two other documents: UNCRC General Comment No 6, on the Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin, 2005 and UNHCR's Guidelines on Policies and Procedures in dealing with Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum of February, 1997.
The fourth edition of the SCEP Statement of Good Practice has been published in 2009. It should be stressed that this is a living document, which reflects the dynamic progression of human rights protection and issues particularly affecting separated children. The Statement of Good Practice is not merely an exhaustive listing of standards and good practice, but rather a framework for action and advocacy that may continue to be built upon in the future. In this regard it is likely that new emerging issues will need to be addressed in future revisions of the Statement of Good Practice.