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Core Standards for guardians
of separated children in Europe

Implementation of Core Standards to Continue


18 December 2014

On 11 December 2014, the Closing Conference of the project 'Closing a Protection Gap 2.0' took place at the European Parliament in Brussels. During this project, Defence for Children International the Netherlands worked as a coordinator together with eight European partners on the implementation of the Core Standards for Guardians of separated children. Margaret Tuite, the coordinator on children's rights of the European Commission, was among the attendees of the conference. As part of the output of the project, several tools for guardians and policymakers have been developed to assist them in implementing the Core Standards in practice, policy, and legislation. The project partners were delighted to learn that the support to further the implementation of the Core Standards is growing.

"The Core Standards for Guardians have been clearly formulated and there are not too many of them. We tend to forget what children go through on their way to Europe. We have to treat children as children first and foremost, independent of their legal status." - Margaret Tuite, coordinator on children's rights of the European Commission

Closing a Protection Gap

From December 2009 until November 2011, Defence for Children coordinated the project 'Closing a Protection Gap: core standards for guardians of separated children'. Seven European partners were involved in this project. During the project, ten Core Standards for guardians aimed at offering better protection to separated children arriving in Europe, were developed. Interviews with 68 guardians and 127 separated children formed the basis for the development of the standards. Since 2012, Defence for Children International the Netherlands also coordinated the follow-up project 'Closing a Protection 2.0'. The primary aim of this project was to ensure the Core Standards will be implemented on both a national and European level. All of the individual country reports, tools for guardians and policymakers, and additional information may be found at: www.corestandardsforguardians.com

Appointment of a rapporteur by Council of Europe

Defence for Children International the Netherlands advocated for the implementation of the Core Standards for Guardians of Separated Children at the Council of Europe in September 2014. Tineke Strik, member of the Dutch Senate and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, subsequently submitted a motion. The motion calls for the Core Standards to be used as a monitoring mechanism in the member states of the Council of Europe. The motion passed on 3 December 2014. The Council of Europe will now appoint a rapporteur on the topic. This means that a resolution will follow. The project partners are delighted by the recent developments at the Council of Europe.

New ambassador for the Core Standards

At the Closing Conference in Brussels, Hossin, a youth representative of the European Youth in Migration Forum (EYMF), became the latest ambassador for the Core Standards. Two members of the
European Parliament, Sargentini (Greens) and Wikström (Liberals), have previously signed on to become ambassadors for the Core Standards.


Further implementation efforts required

The end of the 'Closing a Protection Gap 2.0' project does not mean that implementation of the Core Standards will cease. The project partners will continue to fight on the national and European levels for full implementation of the Core Standards and equal protection of separated children across Europe.

Click here for more information on the Core Standards for Guardians of Separated Children

Click here for the advocacy toolkit

Click here for the full text of the adopted motion at the Council of Europ

Click here for a list of references in literature to the Core Standards


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