European Guardianship Network


Unaccompanied children have attracted more attention in the past decade, leading slowly to a more structural and research-based approach. Aspects such as human rights, guardianship, reception and return are better documented, other areas however are still less explored. EGN aims to link to the most relevant publications.

Reports and publications

  • Children on the move - A guide to working with unaccompanied children in Europe
    This guide has been written for all those involved in the guidance and support of unaccompanied children. It is also for anyone who is simply interested in how unaccompanied children deal with the enormous task of finding their way in an unknown country after going through war, poverty, flight, traumatic experiences, loss, uncertainty and uprooting. The content is based on the knowledge and years of experience of the many participating partners who now form the European Guardianship Network (EGN). Working with these children has given them all valuable insights into who these children are and what they need.
  • EGN Workplan 2020-2025
  • ProGuard recommendation report
    Final report with information on the current state of the art and recommendations on both how to further develop policies regarding guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children in Europe and how these can be used in practice, September 2019.
  • PAS-tool
    The Pilot Assessment System (PAS)-tool can be used by Member States and national actors to assess their national guardianship system’s strengths and weaknesses and reflect on opportunities for progress, September 2019.
  • Pilot PAS Report
    This paper reviews the development and piloting of the Pilot Assessment System (PAS)-tool for the purpose of sharing lessons learned. It also makes concrete recommendations for the future use and continued development of the PAS, September 2019
  • Manual ALFACA Project
    Manual on providing family based care to unaccompanied children. ALFACA Project, 2017
  • Reception and Living in Families (RLF)
    Overview of family-based reception for unaccompanied children in the EU Member States. Final report of the RLF Project, February 2015
  • Dublin for guardians
    Final report of the Dublin Support for Guardians Project., which aimed to offer practical assistance to guardians and representatives within the European Union (EU), January 2015
  • Guardianship for Children Deprived of Primal Care
    Handbook to reinforce guardianship systems to cater for the specific needs of child victims of trafficking. Fundamental Rights Agency, 2014
  • The Right to Be Heard and Participation of Unaccompanied Minors
    Tool developed by Nidos within the context of the CONNECT Project, 2014
  • Working With the Unaccompanied Child
    Tool developed by Nidos within the context of the CONNECT Project, 2014
  • Care for Unaccompanied Minors
    Minimum standards, risk factors and recommendations for practitioners. Final report of the ENGI Project, 2011
  • Towards a European Framework of Guardianship Institutions
    Recommendations for improvement of guardianship systems in the EU Member States. Final report ENGI, 2010

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