Special section: Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

On this page you can find resources for practitioners working with unaccompanied and separated children seeking refugee status or humanitarian protection status.

News

15 Mar 2019
The National Network for Children Bulgaria reported that the National Program for Preventing and Counteracting Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting Victims for 2019 was adopted by the Bulgarian Government. This is an annual document... Read more
18 Apr 2018
The National Foster Care Association has been training 15 foster parents, social workers and foster care experts to implement foster care for unaccompanied migrant children. The training included social workers from child protection departments,... Read more
12 Apr 2018
By Angela Giuffrida Seven Italian charities appealed to the European Commission and the Italian Ministry of Interior accusing the French border police of falsifying birth dates of unaccompanied migrant children so as to pass them off as adults... Read more

Learning

27 Mar 2018
Since the beginning of the so called "migrant and refugee crisis", many European countries have been facing difficulties while trying to cope with the crisis and effectively respond to the needs of the most vulnerable groups affected... Read more
02 Jun 2017
Be sure to mark Friday, June 2, 2017, 10am on your calendar for an interesting webinar conducted by CPC Learning Network's Beth Rubenstein and Matt MacFarlane!  The Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Piloting innovative... Read more
30 May 2017
This webinar is adressed to all the actors providing psychosocial support and life skills activities to children and youth. Within the current European refugee crisis, children, youth, families and adults have been staying in Greece for months... Read more

Library

03 Oct 2018
This summary describes the risks faced by children as well as the effects of movement on children. Risks on the Move As explained in our infographic, there is a whole spectrum of movement types for children. Those that involve irregular... Read more
03 Oct 2018
This review will inform the reader of migration trends, national policies, and the treatment of children on the move in Greece, Serbia, Italy, Hungary, and Bosnia. Please download the document below.
01 Oct 2017
"In September 2017, there were approximately 2,850 unaccompanied children (UAC) in Greece among which 1,096 were accommodated in 50 UAC shelters and 240 in 8 safe zones nationwide. Of the total of 8,987 UAC who were referred to EKKA from 1... Read more

Multimedia

07 Jul 2017
Oumar, a 16 year old boy, survived a terrifying journey from Ghana to Italy.  Now he lives in a foster family in Italy and he was rescued twice - once by the Italian coast guard, and once by his new foster family.  
02 Jul 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had most recently published an infographic report illustrating migrant flows towards Italy.  The Infographic highlights the following: (2017) From January 1 to July 2= 84,832... Read more
26 Jun 2017
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had released a weekly update relating to the arrivals of migrants in Italy for the week of June 25, 2017. The infographic displays imperative figures pertaining to the number of estimated... Read more

Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

[United Kingdom] Vulnerable Lone Child Refugees in Europe 'Have Been Failed by British Inaction'
Date of publication: 2017
ITV News reports on the publication of a new report jointly chaired by Fiona MacTaggart, a Labour MP, and Baroness Butler-Sloss.
An Independent Inquiry into the Situation of Separated and Unaccompanied Minors in Parts of Europe
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: Human Trafficking Foundation
  This jointly chaired inquiry by Fiona MacTaggart and Baronness Butler-Sloss (written by Christine Beddoe) examines the actions of the British government towards protecting unaccompanied refugee children.
[European Union] New 'Roadmap' Provides Lifeline for Unaccompanied, Migrant Children in Europe
Date of publication: 2017
VOA News reports on the recent publication of a ‘Roadmap for Action’ developed by UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC.
The Way Forward to Strengthened Policies and Practices for Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC
"UNHCR, UNICEF, and IRC established a consultative process to support states to better operationalise their response for the protection of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in Europe –the Roadmap to Strengthened Policies and Practices.
Call to Action for 2017
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC
This document provides a brief outline of the main eight recommendations that the UNHCR, UNICEF and IRC advocate as a result of their extensive consultation work with practitioners, governments, the European Union, as well as with unaccompanied an
[European Union] Europe: new Roadmap to improve the situation of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children
Date of publication: 2017
The UNHCR had publicly announced its commitment to strategies that would ultimately better the conditions of migrant children and youth who are in Europe without parental supervision, through collaborative works with the United Nations Re
Unaccompanied and Separated Children in Europe - Call to Action for 2017
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: reliefweb
The intensification of migrant flows has applied tremendous pressure on European nations and their borders.
Oumar, a 16 year old boy from Ghana, in his foster family in Italia [Video]
Date of publication: 2017
Publisher: UNICEF
Oumar, a 16 year old boy, survived a terrifying journey from Ghana to Italy.  Now he lives in a foster family in Italy and he was rescued twice - once by the Italian coast guard, and once by his new foster family.  
[European Union] Refugee and migrant flows from Libya to Europe on the rise – UNHCR study
Date of publication: 2017
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, a heightened number of individuals seeking refuge abroad are traveling to Europe through what is deemed as the most menacing and perilous path embarked upon contemporary migrants seeking haven in Eur
[European Union] Refugee and migrant flows from Libya to Europe on the rise – UNHCR study
Date of publication: 2017
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, a heightened number of individuals seeking refuge abroad are traveling to Europe through what is deemed as the most menacing and perilous path embarked upon contemporary migrants seeking haven in Eur

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