1 Closing a protection gap 2.0
2 IMPACT, Improving and Monitoring Protection system Against Child Trafficking and exploitation
3 ComuniChiamo
5 GATE - Guardians against Trafficking and Exploitation
6 Passepartout
7 Dignitas
8 Closing a protection gap
9 Contextus

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Implementing the Core Standards for guardians of separated children in Europe in practice, feeding into policy and legislative instruments on guardianship


Location of the action: The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Cyprus, Portugal, Finland and Slovenia.

Dates: 15th December 2012- 15th December 2014


1. DCI ECPAT The Netherlands-Coordinator
2. Slovene Philanthropy
3. Irish refugee Council
4. Service Droit des jeunes Belgium
5. Bundesfachverband UMF Germany
6. Defence for Children - Italy
7. HFC ìHope for Childrenî-Cyprus
8. Conselho PortuguÍs para os Refugiados-Portugal
9. Asylkoordination- Verein von Ausl‰nder und Fl¸chtlingshilfsorganisationen und betreuuerInnen- Austria

With the project ëClosing a protection gap for separated children in Europeí financed by the DAPHNE III programme of the European Commission, issues regarding separated children have been brouhght into focus such as the quality of guardianship. A research has been carried out and high quality Core Standards for guardians of separated children in Europe have been developed based on the participation of separated children and a focus on the rights of the children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Thanks to the publication of the Core Standards, a first step has been taken to close the protection gap for separated children in Europe, the next important steps to further close the protection gap are to work with the Core Standards in practice fostering their implementation and to take the work further on towards improved policy and legislative initiatives at national and European level providing the strongly needed framework for responsibilities of guardianship systems in order for all separated children in Europe to get the protection they are entitled to.

In order to enlarge the scope, raise the awareness and guarantee the sustainability of the project, three new project partners are included in this follow up project and nine other European countries will be involved.

The main goal of this project is to implement the Core Standards for guardians of separated children in Europe in practice, policy and legislation and guarantee that all guardians in Europe are empowered, qualified, have the mandates and work environment within appropriate guardianship systems to work in the best interest of the separated child.
By advocating and working on a European instrument inspired by the Core standards, consultation of separated children, empowerment of guardians, national advocacy and enlargement of the scope, this project will add essential value to the impact and sustainability of the Core Standards and the harmonisation of the protection separated children receive from their guardian irrespective of the EU country they entered.

Specific objectives of this project are:

Raising awareness of the Core Standards and empower guardians;
Implementing the Core Standards in practice at national level and advocate for provisions in national legislation;
Developing an European initiative/instrument for harmonisation of appropriate guardianship inspired by the Core Standards;
Enlarging the scope of the Core Standards for guardians of separated children in Europe.

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The IMPACT project aims at improving and enhancing child protection and child welfare policiesí impact in better preventing and protecting particularly vulnerable categories of children from trafficking and exploitation.

It will develop its action through the following activities:

Analysis and research, implemented in the 4 countries constituting the partnership based on a participatory research methodology including the consultation with child victims of trafficking and experts. This is expected to reveal the main protection gaps and risks in the systems in place in the selected EU Member States through an integrated and compared analysis of child protection and child welfare, fight against trafficking and exploitation, gender, migration, integration and welfare issues.

Empowerment and capacity building at national and transnational level with the potential to inform EU policies in this field; it will be achieved by performing , in each country involved in the project, 2 national training workshops for professionals likely to come into contact with particularly vulnerable categories of children - actual or potential victims of trafficking and exploitation, who will become trainers of their colleagues. The training models adopted for each national training will be further discussed in a transnational seminar for trainers to be held in Italy and will be developed and harmonized in an Online Training Toolkit.

Policy and strategy, which will involve the definition of comprehensive tools to practically mainstream measures against child trafficking and exploitation in child welfare and protection policies, including a set of relevant key indicators and guidelines both at EU and national level .

Dissemination and information, through the creation of an Online Training Toolkit, the organisation of a national seminar open to agencies, institutions and professionals in each country and the organization of a final Study Seminar for the launch of the results of the project to be held in Brussels with the participation of EU institutions representatives and of professionals from other EU Member States.

Partners will also connect with ongoing projects and will make reference to existing tools and training materials (e.g. the 'RighT guide', Terre des Hommes International - 'Exploring methods to protect children on the move'. A handbook for organisations wanting to prevent child trafficking, exploitation and the worst forms of child labour (hereafter,TdH Handbook, training model of ERF Italian Project Contextus, available at:


KMOP - Greece, Defence for Children Italy, CARDET - Cyprus, CESIS Portugal

Starting date: 01/09/2012

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The project ìComuni-Chiamo ñ Network for an Intercultural Dialogue among Local Authorities of the Caltanissetta Provinceî is co-funded by the European Fund for the Integration of third country citizens, within the EU Actions on ìCapacity Buildingî.

It promotes dialogue and networks among public and private agencies, city councils and organizations aimed at a better understanding of the needs of different groups of migrant people who live in the Sicilian Province of Caltanissetta and the enhancement of their integration and sense of belonging in different social contexts (i.e. work, school, healthcare, culture, sociability, etc.).

Through an innovative approach which aims to give an effective answer to third country citizensí needs, the project has the following objectives:

Enhance knowledge on immigration issues
Promote exchange of good practices
Spread of intercultural approach

And will realize the following activities:

TRAINING through seminars and workshops addressed to public and private actors on legal and intercultural issues
E-LEARNING through the creation of a web platform which will allow exchange and information among beneficiaries
EQUOMONDO EXHIBITION a journey through the South of the world using the 5 senses
ACTION-RESEARCH with the elaboration of minimum standards for the reception of third country citizens

The Cities of Delia, Caltanissetta, Niscemi, and Mazzarino.
The Organizations CISS, I Girasoli, ARCI Caltanissetta, Defence for Children International Italy.

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Location of the action: Italy, Region of Lazio.

Starting Dates: 13th April 2012 for 12 months

Lead manager: Defence for Children International-Italy

The TOM TOM initiative aims at reaching children after criminal proceedings in order to increase their chances of successful reintegration. Defence for Children Italia will provide an independent and accessible service on a voluntary basis that will support and connect children with local resources, to orient them in order to access professional and educational opportunities available in the area of the Region of Lazio; it will thus increase their chances of successful reintegration as a result of the experience of criminal proceedings.

The project will be implemented on an experimental basis, by a group of volunteers specially trained by Defence for Children International and supported by specialized social workers. In addition to advices and attendant measures given to the boys, will be realised an analysis and a systematic mapping of the different types of resources and services in the area of Lazio.


Support and orient children after criminal proceedings in order to avoid recidivism.

Favour professional, educational and social integration processes.

Support individual children in the construction of their personal projects.

Map the services useful for integration and inclusion available in the Region of Lazio.


Region of Lazio (IT) - Regional Directorate of Social Affairs and Family

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Location of the action : Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands

Dates: 18/10/2011-18/04/2013

Lead manager and partners:

KMOP, Greece (lead manager)
Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology - CARDET, Cyprus
Defence for Children International, The Netherlands.
Defence for Children International, Italia

The GATE project -ìGuardians for separated children Against Trafficking and any form of Exploitation: Standards and Training for the qualification of guardians for separated children against trafficking and exploitationî- aims at strengthening the competences and capacities of guardianship systems against trafficking and exploitation, by creating a set of standards and educational material for guardians of separated children.


Identify the risk and the protection factors for separated children in order to fight against trafficking and exploitation phenomena.
Contribute to enhance the national and EU policies in this field.
Empower guardians and relevant stakeholders to protect separated children from trafficking and exploitation phenomena.
Disseminate the results at EU level.


Assessment of the Guardianship and welfare systems together with legislation to fight against trafficking by creating assessment tools, including set of key indicators developed.
Development of National and EU standards/recommendations.
Implementation of a Training guide and trainings of trainer sessions for guardians.
Dissemination of the Projectís results in 19 EU countries through an international conference and an online web-based resource centre.


European Commission - Programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime"

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Location of the action: Sicily, in particular the area of Ragusa

Dates: 1st September 2010 to 30th June 2011

Lead manager and partners:

Il Dono soc. coop
Arc-En- Ciel soc. coop.

The Passepartout Initiative is a territorial project implemented in Sicily in particular in the area of Ragusa. This area is one of the most affected in terms of reception and assistance of asylum seekers, in particular unaccompanied minors.


The general objective of the initiative is to develop interventions for the support of a socio-economic integration of refugees with a particular focus on unaccompanied minors.

Specific objectives:

to give skills and competencies useful to enter the labour work in Italy.

to encourage the exchange of good practices among stakeholders involved in interested to the project.

to orient minors to the labour world and territory opportunities.

to promote social integration and sensitize the local community.

to favour the labour integration and autonomy of the beneficiaries.


Focus-group discussions and individual consultations with separated children to support their integration process.

Consultations with stakeholders and firms of the area to favour their social and professional integration.


European Refugee Fund
Italian Ministry of Interior

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Location of the action: Italy

Dates: 1st September 2010 to 30th June 2011


AID Consortium
ASGI - (Associazone per gli Studi Giuridici sull'Immigrazione)
CIAC , Formazione, Orientamentoe Ricollocazione Professionale

Dignitasí initiative aims at elaborating a practical handbook for people working in the refugees and asylum seekers centres, based on a multi-disciplinary and transcultural methodology.

A key element of the project is the adoption of a methodology which melt the collection and systematization of literature and bibliography with national consultations with the different stakeholders involved in the asylum system.

This consultation process will allow to gather qualified and multisectorial experiences, information and knowhow (psycho-social, healthcare, legal , ethno-cultural) in the field of the recognition and support of particular vulnerable migrants, as well as concerning the development, management and coordination of territorial services. Dignitas derives from the experience of Contextus and will connect with the deliverables of Contextus, in particular the resource centre, as an important tool for the elaboration of the handbook and dissemination of its contents.


This project aims at promoting:

a coordinated and homogeneous approach for the management of reception services and procedures
an efficient referral system with functional connection among services and structures in the various contexts
the dissemination of an holistic and transcultural approach to vulnerability

Main objective: reinforce the skills of social workers operating in the reception centres (CARA, CSPA, CDA) in the identification of the vulnerable condition of asylum seekers with a particular attention to facilitating the assistance procedures in the various contexts.

Specific objectives:

Identify needs and resources through national consultations among stakeholders.

Define a set of standards for the harmonization of practices and procedures in the centres.

Disseminate the orientations through the national networks of bodies involved in the asylum system.


Focus group discussions with social workers around the Italian territory.

Elaboration and production of a practical handbook for social workers in refugees and asylum reception centres ==>


European Refugee Fund
Italian Ministry of Interior

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Location of the action: The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Italy.

Dates: From 1st December 2009 until 30th November 2011


DCI ECPAT The Netherlands
Save the Children- Denmark
Save the Children-Sweden
Slovene Philanthropy
Irish refugee Council
Service Droit des jeunes Belgium
Bundesfachverband UMF Germany

The type of protection and care you will receive as a separated child from your guardian depends upon the country which you have (often randomly) entered.

Consequently, this project will provide an instrument to improve the qualifications of a guardian to take the special needs and rights of separated children into account. When all guardians have sufficient qualifications to work in the best interest of the child the level of protection children receive in the different European countries will harmonize. The current differences in the level of protection separated children receive in European countries is not acceptable. All the countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and have the obligation to take into account the special needs of separated children. Proper guardianship systems are also essential to assist in finding the right solution for separated children, whether that be return to their country of origin, transfer to another country (for example for family reunification) or integration into the host country.


The main goal of this project is closing a protection gap for separated children in Europe by developing core standards with a focus on qualifications of guardians based on the views of separated children in relation to their rights according to the CRC and EU directives.

The core standards are based on the participation of separated children and a focus on the rights of the children according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.∑ The core standards will be developed through research, including interviews with (former) separated children and guardians in eight countries and mapping of existing legislation on guardianship and research on national and European level. All partners will establish a national advisory council of stake holders in order to enlarge the enforcement of the core standards.

Specific objectives of this project are to :

Provide an instrument to improve the qualifications of a guardian to take the special needs and rights of separated children into account in order to harmonize the level of protection of children in European countries.

Assist guardians in finding the right solution for the child.

Boost a European Community policy and harmonisation of guardianship in practice.

Strengthen the attention to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Publication of the ìCore standards for guardians of separated children".

Elaboration and production of 8 national reports containing recommendations.

Elaboration of a transnational report.

Presentation of the outcomes of the project at national level with a final training seminar in each country and at European level in November 2011 at the European Parliament in Brussels.


European Commission - Daphne III Programme

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Location of the action:Roma, Gorizia, Brindisi, Foggia, Trapani, Caltanissetta and Crotone.

Dates: 2009-2010


Nova Consortium
University of Bologna
Municipality of Bologna.

CONTEXTUS is an integrated, multilevel, multidisciplinary training initiative directed to social workers dealing with the protection and safeguarding of particular vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees.

The project carried out training laboratories among social workers operating in Italy both in the Centres for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARA) and their reference areas, before a phase of analysis on the spot for the identification of the training needs in each area.


It is based on the experiences developed in terms of recognition and assistance in the asylum system and try to reinforce, integrate and systematize these experiences building a homogeneous framework of intervention and territorial network.

The objectives are to:

Reinforce, integrate and systematize social workers experiences (in terms of recognition and assistance) by building a homogeneous framework of intervention and a territorial network.

Identify the training needs in each area and then, carry out training laboratories among social workers operating in Italy in the area where Centres for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARA) are situated.

Create an online resource centre in order to continue and consolidate the future actions, by giving access to the stakeholders, in their daily work, to all the documentation collected and systematized during the project.


Preliminary meetings and consultations with stakeholders in the area where the training sessions will be carried out.

No. 7 Training sessions of social workers operating in the Centres for Refugee and Asylum Seekers and in the services and local authorities of the same areas.

An Online resource centre:

It aims at continuing and consolidating the future actions as it allow to give access to all the documentation collected and systematized during the project in order to be easily caught from the stakeholders working everyday in this context.


Minister of the Interior of Italy - European Refugee Fund

For more information:

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