A wide range of actors and issues are involved in responding to the situation of unaccompanied children arriving in Europe. Key issues addressed by these actors include recognition as a child and access to reception services, legal representation and guardianship, the participation of children in procedures, access to education and health services. Other important issues are disappearances from centers, how to determine the best interest of the child and identification of possible child victims of trafficking. The CONNECT project aims to support actors in their work.

Each project country have through pilot projects developed practical tools which can be used by actors across the EU Member States. These tools address specific aspects of how actors address the situation of these children and can be used separately or together as a toolkit:

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WHO’S RESPONSIBLE?

A Tool to Strengthen Cooperation between Actors Involved in the Protection System for Unaccompanied Migrant Children (Italy)

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Local Cooperation for Unaccompanied Children

A Tool to Assess and Improve Reception Conditions (Sweden)

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STANDARDS TO ENSURE THAT UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT CHILDREN ARE ABLE TO FULLY PARTICIPATE

A Tool to Assist Actors in Legal and Judicial Proceedings (The UK)

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The right to be heard and participation of unaccompained children

A Tool to Support the Collection of Children’s Views on Protection and Reception Services (The NL)

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Working with the Unaccompanied Child

A Tool to Support the Collection of Children’s Views on Protection and Reception Services (The NL)

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EVALUATION SHEET - END OF GUARDIANSHIP

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(to be filled in by child)

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In developing the tools we have tried to ensure that the tools are a) based on a child rights perspective and relevant EU obligations, b) directed towards strengthening the capacity of actors to engage in the situation of children and, to the extent possible, support better inter-agency work, c) relevant, practical and effective and d) aspirational and transferable to other contexts.

In the process we have tried to ensure relevance of the tools in other national contexts, either because (a) they could be directly used in other countries, (b) the processes by which they were developed could be replicated to create a similar tool in other countries, or (c) the use of the tools in one country provided an insight for other countries that could be relevant to their examination of a child’s circumstances.