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2 August 2022


Practices regarding guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children arriving in the EU from Ukraine 

The members of EGN share practices regarding guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children arriving from Ukraine in this Spotlight document.


FICE the Netherlands and the University of Groningen developed Mylifejourneybook: an activity book for children from Ukraine. In this book children can write their experiences of the journey, but also their memories of Ukraine and their hopes for the future. Mylifejourneybook strengthens the resilience of children by making them aware of their own strength and sources of support. Alternating with games, questions are asked about their journey, daily life in Ukraine and in the host country and things that make them happy such as their favourite music, food and superhero.

Free download from:

European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC)

Statement from ENOC, with a focus on guardianship and a clear view on unaccompanied and separated children and legal assistance:
ENOC Statement

Eurochild country mapping and discussion paper

Eurochild has published two new pieces of analysis to support efforts by the EU and the Ukrainian government to ensure the care of children arriving from Ukraine unaccompanied, separated from their families or who are placed in alternative care:
Eurochild webpage

Including a discussion paper on guardianship, care arrangements and custodial responsibilities for unaccompanied and separated children fleeing Ukraine and  arriving in the European Union


Response to the War in Ukraine Webpage

These pages in English and Ukrainian provide many helpful resources for those working with Ukrainian refugees and unaccompanied and seperated children.

Webpage in ENGLISH

Webpage in UKRAINIAN

Leaflets for Ukranian children – Available in many languages
On the EUAA webpage above you can find Information Leaflets for Ukrainian children in Ukrainian and other languages. Scroll down the page or search for “information leaflets”.


The Office of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights has prepared an information guide for parents, children and teachers on current web resources and portals that provide Ukrainian children with the opportunity to continue the educational process even if they have been displaced as a result of the military aggression from the Russian Federation.

The information guide with links to educational resources is available in Ukrainian and in English, and can be shared by the national and international education institutions to facilitate the continuous education process for the displaced children of Ukraine.

Countries that accept children from Ukraine are encouraged to share this information guide on their official websites. Please see the relevant links below.

  • Link to the related news item
  • Links to the information documents :

Educational Resources for Ukrainian Children (Ukrainian)

Educational Resources for Ukrainian Children (English translation)

FRA resources
  1. FRA report after their visits to the border: What are the key fundamental rights risks at the EU-Ukraine borders? | European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (
  2. Hague Conference info on adoptions from Ukraine HCCH | Armed conflict in Ukraine
Briefing paper Unaccompanied Children – Child Circle

The Child Circle KIND Europe briefing paper on unaccompanied children fleeing from Ukraine is intended to serve as a resource for stakeholders working together under a common framework of EU measures by providing an overview of the different circumstances in which unaccompanied children fleeing Ukraine might arrive in Europe and outlining the different rules that will apply to their situation. It describes the procedural difficulties they may encounter and sets out critical areas for action. When suggesting practical avenues for support, we point to existing building blocks for action.

Missing Children Europe on Ukraine

Guardians can report missing children via

It’s important for authorities registering children to check back if anyone is looking for this child/if their family is elsewhere in Europe – this includes “orphans” as many do have family in Ukraine + high risk of “emergency adoptions”

Council of Europe

Guidance to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers:

Council of Europe experts release guidance to protect Ukrainian refugees from traffickers – Newsroom on Children’s Rights (

International Social Work (ISS) information

Ukraine Country Situation report

Helpful information about Ukraine for example on how guardianship works and is organised for orphans in Ukraine:

ISS Ukraine Country Situation report 2020

Factsheet Ukraine

Ukraine custody care system


Children from residential care arriving from Ukraine

Annex_1_Ukraine_Children_from_residental_Care_arriving_in_other Countries_update_20220323

IOM Ukraine situation updates

Ukraine situation updates

EU Communication on welcoming refugees from Ukraine

Eu communication


of February 28, 2022 № 166 Kyiv About modification of Rules of crossing of the state border by citizens of Ukraine

CABINET OF MINISTERS OF UKRAINE DECREE of February 28, 2022 № 166 Kyiv About modification of Rules of crossing of the state border by citizens of Ukraine

European Network on Statelessness

Statelessness and the Ukraine crisis response | European Network on Statelessness

On this landing page you find information

The ENS has updated its briefing on access to protection for stateless refugees from Ukraine. Additionally, it also developed country specific information for stateless person who have fled Ukraine. To be found on this landing page.

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