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Core Standards for guardians
of separated children in Europe


Newly Released FRA Guardianship Handbook Incorporates Core Standards

On 30 June, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released a handbook that aims to help strengthen national guardianship systems for children in Europe.


The project partners are delighted to see the Core Standards for guardians as developed by the Closing the Gap project have been incorporated into the handbook proving that these guidelines are useful for practical implementation.


The publication is part of the EU’s anti-trafficking strategy which recognises the vital role guardians play in protecting children from harm.


The handbook presents a set of core common principles and key standards to improve the conditions of children in guardianship such as involving children in all aspects of their guardianship, ensuring decisions are guided by the interests of the child and making sure guardianship systems are properly monitored and resourced. This also includes providing appropriate training for guardians.


The handbook provides guidance to Member States and guardians on how to specifically address the needs and protect the rights of children who have fallen victim to human trafficking.


Closing a Protection Gap welcomes this publication as a tool in the continued effort to close the protection gap for separated children.


The handbook is available to download free of charge here.





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