Individuals who are not entitled to stay in the European Union are typically subject
to being returned to their home countries. This includes children who are not
accompanied by their parents or by another primary caregiver. But returning such
children, or finding another durable solution, is a delicate matter, and doing so in full
compliance with fundamental rights protections can be difficult. This focus paper
therefore aims to help national authorities involved in return-related tasks, including
child-protection services, to ensure full rights compliance.