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Core Standards for guardians
of separated children in Europe


State Authorities

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State Authorities


Motion Council of Europe and References

Motion adopted by the Council of Europe and references to the Core Standards

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 text of the motion is copied on this webpage.  


References to Core Standards for Guardians of Separated Children in Europe

The following document contains a list of references to the Core Standards contained in various studies, articles, and other publications in various countries. This list is by no means exhaustive. It is a selection of sources provided by the project partners. As implementation of the Core Standards progresses, it is expected that the number of citations will grow. The Core Standards have already found adoption in a number of countries outside the scope of the project.

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Motion for a recommendation tabled by Ms Tineke STRIK and other members of the Assembly

There are approximately 100 000 unaccompanied children in Europe. Unaccompanied children can face risks to violations of their rights in their country of origin, during the journey and in the host countries. The guardians of these children in the host countries should be able to play an important role in protecting the unaccompanied children and in ensuring that their best interests are being served. However the level of protection these children enjoy differs a lot across Europe, because the tasks, roles and views of guardians are not respected everywhere.


As the European and international norms regarding unaccompanied children are not always correctly implemented at the national level, legal guardians are necessary to ensure the children's rights in practice. They can only play this role if minimum standards guarantee a good quality, comprehensive role and a strong position of those guardians. 


The Parliamentary Assembly should support the elaboration and development of the 'Core Standard for guardians of separated children in Europe" and urge the Committee of Ministers to adopt a recommendation on these standards and set up a monitoring mechanism on its implementation. This would bring the practical implementation of the norms towards unaccompanied minors an important step further.

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