12 May 2016

To mark the end of the project No Longer Alone: Advancing Reception Standards for Unaccompanied Children, ECRE and its project partners* are organising a policy roundtable to highlight key challenges and solutions for the reception of unaccompanied minors.

The project aimed to contribute to the improvement of reception standards for unaccompanied children (UAC) and to ensure that when designing accommodation and reception conditions the needs of UAC are properly taken into account. It consisted of five study visits to reception centres considered as good practices, in the Netherlands, Hungary, Sweden, UK (Scotland) and France. The final roundtable aims at bringing together the participants of the project with key experts in the field of child protection to discuss the challenges, best practices and solutions encountered, and to evaluate whether the reception models studied are transferrable to other situations, especially in light of the current national and European developments.

The roundtable will take place on Monday 6 June 2016, from 14.30 to 17.30 in Brussels. The event is open to policy and decision makers, child rights professionals and NGOs. Registration is available through this link.

* Project partners include: Scottish Refugee Council, France terre d’asile, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Nidos, Save the Children Sweden, the Scottish government and the Directorate for Juvenile Justice Protection of the French Ministry of Justice and the Groupement d’intérêt public ‘Justice Coopération International’ – GIP JCI.

This article appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 13 May 2016. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.