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Core Standards for guardians
of separated children in Europe


Guardianship in Northern Ireland reviewed on the basis of the Core Standards for separated children

6 March 2014

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A report from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) and the University of Bedfordshire assesses guardianship for separated children in Northern Ireland on the basis of the Core Standards for Guardians. The report illustrates that the Core Standards for guardians of separated children are applicable to any kind of guardianship system.
The report resembles the country assessments of the Closing a protection gap 2.0 project  about the implementation of the Core Standards. It presents the current state of affairs regarding guardianship in Northern Ireland and gives recommendations on how to improve the situation for the children.
The main aim of the report is to figure out the most appropriate model of guardianship and it includes an overview of relevant literature and law and consultations with professionals and separated children. It concludes that in general a 'stand-alone Guardianship Service' is the ideal way to deal with separated children because such a service 'can complement, support and enhance all services that work with separated children subject to immigration control'. Click here for more information and the report.


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