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Promoting effective guardianship systems for unaccompanied children

The Agency facilitated an exchange of experiences between Belgian and Italian authorities in Brussels on 5 October regarding establishing guardianship.

The discussion focussed on practical aspects of selection, vetting, training and monitoring of volunteer guardians. The Agency also took part on 6 October in the European Commission’s second meeting on establishing an EU guardianship network. This is one of the actions planned in the 2017 Commission communication on protecting children in migration. During the meeting, participants representing Member States, international organisations and civil society discussed how the network would work once established in early 2018. The creation of such a network is highly supported by Member States and civil society actors, and is considered a great mechanism to discuss practical challenges, to learn from each other’s experiences and ultimately improve the life of unaccompanied children through better guardianship.