The Council of the European Union adopted EU Guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. These guidelines are the new version of the 2007 EU guidelines. The guidelines purpose is to recall international standards on the rights of the child and to provide practical guidance to officials of EU institutions and EU Member States. These Guidelines set out the EU's overarching strategy to strengthen efforts to ensure every child, in particular the most marginalised, is reached by EU policies and actions. To achieve this aim the Guidelines promote a systems-strengthening approach which identifies all the necessary measures, structures and actors which need to be in place to protect all the rights of all children. The importance of a rights-based approach, encompassing all human rights, and how it can be operationalised is also underlined.