The protection of children in migration – promising practices
As stated on multiple occasions at the 10th European Forum on the rights of the child on the protection of children in migration in November 2016 and in the 12 April 2017 Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration, there is a wealth of knowledge and good practice in the Member States on the protection of children in migration, which needs to be shared at local and national level. The Commission committed to collect and disseminate good practice on the protection of children in migration via an online database.
Who decides whether a practice is “promising” and on whether it is included in this database?
The practices included here are not subject to an evaluation by the European Commission. They may, however, have been subject to an external evaluation or a peer review. The focus is on collecting and sharing knowledge without imposing extra barriers. Database users should therefore be discerning. However, during its light validation process and reading checks that what is proposed is relevant to the protection of children in migration, the Commission reserves the right to reject practices proposed for inclusion if they appear to contravene the best interests of the child.
Quick tips for contributors
The fields marked with red asterisk are mandatory. Use short sentences and clear language. Please refer to children as children, in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the UN Convention on the rights of the child. Given the potentially broad readership, please do not use acronyms. You may edit and update previous contributions. Contributors must register to be able to input data. The database can be consulted/browsed without registration.
Thank you in advance to all contributors for their generosity in sharing experience and expertise. We hope you find the interface easy to use and would welcome your feedback at EC-CHILD-RIGHTS@ec.europa.eu, also on any follow-up you may give to practices in the database. This sharing of good practice is also a means to continue dialogue and interaction among stakeholders – we encourage you to contact other organisations that you find via this database. The more people work together, shoulder to shoulder, the better children in migration can be protected. If this practice is found to be useful and effective, we could envisage expanding to cover other child rights issues at a later stage.
Potential contributors are asked to ensure a child rights based approach (see section 1.4 in this document) in practices that they submit and are welcome to refer to rights that are thus protected. Contributors are invited to take account of relevant general comments, noting also the adoption of the most recent joint general comments, namely Joint General Comment No 3 of the UN Committee on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and their families and No 22 (2017) of the UN Committee on the rights of the child on the general principles regarding the human rights of children in the context of international migration and Joint General Comment No 4 of the UN Committee on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and their families and No 23 (2017) of the UN Committee on the rights of the child on State obligations regarding the human rights of children in the context of international migration in countries of origin, transit, destination and return.
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