Guardianship systems for children deprived of parental care in the European Union - Summary

January
2018
Guardians are a key element of a protection system for children who are temporarily or permanently deprived of their family environment and cannot have their interests represented by their parents. Great disparities exist between the types of guardianship provided to children in and within European Union (EU) Member States. This report explores the key features of guardianship systems put in place to cater for the needs of all children in need of protection, including child victims and those at risk of becoming victims of trafficking in human beings or of other forms of exploitation.
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Guardianship systems for children deprived of parental care in the European Union - Summary

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The report covers four specific areas, namely the type of guardianship systems in place, the profile of appointed guardians, the appointment procedures and the tasks of the guardians. The report looks at how existing systems respond to the particular needs and vulnerabilities of presumed or identified child victims, or children at risk of trafficking and exploitation, such as unaccompanied children. This comparative report helps to understand better the strengths and weaknesses of national guardianship systems and may also assist decision makers to take measures to promote the effective protection of all children.

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