Kids Empowerment is currently preparing country reports with the help of its worldwide partners describing the legal framework affecting migrant children in reception countries with the purpose to identify best practices and areas that need improvement.
We aim, through these studies, to offer technical professional support to public authorities and private organizations that want to improve their practices and their commitment to the full development of children and youth in compliance with international law. Best practices will be highlighted in a comparative analysis that will be distributed to interested parties in technical assistance projects. All reports will be published online as they become available.
The reports follow the frame of a questionnaire prepared by Kids Empowerment. Issues that will be addressed in the report include:
- Respect of children’s basic fundamental rights (access to education, health, housing, right to be heard…) without discrimination;
- Child access to justice/information;
- Whether the child is primarily considered as a child or a migrant;
- If there exist special procedures for a child to claim international protection (speedy process…);
- Conditions in reception centers: compliance with child protection minimum standards (separated from adults?… detention?);
- Principles around family reunification/non-separation;
- Age assessment/identification procedure;
- If there exist special measures to project against abuse, violence, exploitation and trafficking;
- Deportation/automatic returns;
- Whether the best interest of the child is considered throughout the entire process;
- If the view of the child taken into account in decisions process;
- Does age of the child affect his eligibility to access certain services;
- Status of the child when he/she turns 18.
Reports are currently being undertaken cover the legal frameworks of the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- UK (Scotland and England and Wales)
- United States