Guidelines Promoting the Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Child Protection Cases

        

The international framework concerning children in transnational situations is strong. It sets standards for ensuring children’s safety, well-being and development regardless of their national origin or immigration status. Cutting across all these standards is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which provides a solid basis for promoting the best interests of children. The Convention supports caseworkers and case officers in navigating the complexity of international, European and national laws, where the best interests’ assessments and determinations constitute a precondition for the identification and implementation of a durable solution for each individual child.

The newly published Guidelines Promoting the Human Rights and the Best Interests of the Child in Transnational Child Protection Cases (EN) explore challenges and opportunities in safeguarding the human rights of the child in transnational child protection work. They discuss the steps in the case management and care planning for children on the move that involve the cooperation of authorities and service providers across borders. The Guidelines provide a synthesis of the experience, knowledge and evidence shared by key officials and professionals in the expert consultation series in the framework of the project Child Exploitation: Cross-National Child Protection in Practice - ‘PROTECT Children on the Move’. The work of governments, organisations and agencies is another important reference for the Guidelines. The Guidelines are inspired by an understanding of the principle of the best interests of the child that is holistic, child-centred and rights-based.

The accompanying Practical Guide on transnational child protection for caseworkers and case officers (EN, LT, LV, RU, EE, FI)  presents an overview of measures to safeguard the human rights and the best interests of children in cross-border situations. It translates the existing international standards into step-by-step guidance for the assessment and decision making processes in transnational situations. It is an easy and accessible tool for caseworkers and case officers such as social workers, immigration officials and law enforcement officers as well as lawyers, guardians and other professionals working with and for children on the move.

An Addendum provides an overview of some key themes and developments that emerged during 2016. 

The development of these publications was made possible with the support of the speakers and participants in the expert meetings in the project Child Exploitation: Cross-National Child Protection in Practice – ‘PROTECT Children on the Move’ during 2014 and 2015. The Guidelines have also been influenced by other important actors in the field working with and for children on the move. The Addendum was made possible with the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

               

The project has been funded with support from the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers. These publications reflect the views only of the authors. Neither the European Commission nor the Nordic Council of Ministers may be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.