While recognising the leadership of national governments and ministries in the care and protection of children on their territory, this information sheet serves as a guidance to different actors intervening in an emergency context to prevent family separation and ensure that unaccompanied and separated children are safe and receive appropriate services. Note that the information sheet does not in any way supersede existing national legislation and policy regarding unaccompanied and separated children. In line with the Inter-Agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the child protection sector commits to prevent and respond to family separation through identification and documentation of unaccompanied and separated children, and tracing and reunification with families. When temporary care is needed, the child protection sector promotes family-based and community-based care, as opposed to institutional care, as per the child’s best interest.
This information sheet is designed to be adapted and re-issued in a number of different formats for a range of audiences, such as: child protection and non-child protection service providers (government or government-mandated), including civil society and humanitarian actors in key locations or who are able to identify children through their own service provision; community members; family members; and children themselves. Contextualisation efforts will need to take into account the specific audience that the information sheet is being prepared for, and it is recommended that individual tools are developed for different audiences.
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