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.


09 Feb 2020
Annie Chapman, a doctor from London and a volunteer of the Boat Refugee Foundation (BRF) in Lesbos, Greece, has recently published an observer special report at the Guardian. Her story about dire living conditions and a close look at cases of... Read more
15 Jan 2020
Fatima is three years old. She was born in Guinea, and arrived in Malaga, Spain on the night of 23 June 2019, after crossing the Mediterranean with a large group of strangers and a woman who claimed to be her aunt. The authorities were... Read more
18 Dec 2019
Yesterday, on the occasion of International Migrants' Day, Drahoslav Štefánek was appointed new Special Representative on migration and refugees. The new role will focus on the protection of the fundamental rights of migrants and... Read more


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


01 Dec 2019
You will find in this guidance international and European standards on child-friendly practices in the context of migration, with real-life illustrations of the kinds of initiatives, programmes and procedures that serve to... Read more
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.


15 Jan 2020
Dr. Maria Herczog, sociologist, child protection expert, President of the Hungarian Association "Families, Children and Youth", was interviewed by the tv station ATV. They covered the work of Eurochild on providing tools for the better... Read more
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

Unaccompanied Children Seeking Legal Protection

UNHCR Policy on Refugee Women and Guidelines on Their Protection
Date of publication: 2007
Publisher: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children
An independent assessment by the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children.The assessment considers the measures taken over the past decade…
Date of publication: 2007
Publisher: Separated Children in Europe Program (UNHCR-Save The Children)
The present report compares and analyses the main findings of the Country Assessments of eleven countries in Central Europe and the Baltic States. …
Working with Separated Children: Field guide and training manual
Date of publication: 2000
Publisher: Save The Children
A guide for NGOs on how to work with local authorities, communities and helping children separated from their families in emergencies.
Alternative Family Care
Publisher: Nidos, Maliebaan 99, 3581 CH Utrecht, The Netherlands
The ALFACA Manual to Alternative Family Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children presents the well-established comprehensive model for dealing with cases and care of unaccompanied migrant children developed by the Dutch nongovernmental organization
Which countries treat children like children? (Infographic)
Publisher: The Bureau
Over the last 6 months the Bureau has investigated how different countries in Europe treat unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.
Project "MOVE Together" in Romania: proposal and budget
Terre des Hommes Foundation is currently implementing a pilot project called “MOVE together” whose aim is to contribute to a better social inclusion and integration of refugees in the Romanian society, particularly by promoting the benefits of spo
2015 End of the Year Contest
To celebrate reaching over 1,000 members on Child Hub and another successful year, Child Hub is thrilled to announce its 2015 End of the Year Contest!
Refugee Children: Guidelines on Protection and Care
Publisher: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
This book is primarily for UNHCR’s staff, but it is also for the staff of its operational partners, whether they be voluntary organizations, UN age…


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