UASC TF

Led By: International Rescue Committee and UNHCR

 

Our Mission

To enhance the protection of unaccompanied and separated children in situations of conflict and natural disaster, through strengthening and harmonising case management of Unaccompanied and Separated Children. The UASC Task Force provides technical material and support to guide policy development and programming in addressing all cases of family separation.

Key Priorities of the Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) Task Force

  • Ensure that technical standards and tools for UASC programming reflect the latest evidence and feedback from all relevant actors, including other sectors and local partners.
  • Increase the ability of actors at all levels and contexts, particularly local actors, to access existing technical tools and knowledge on UASC in humanitarian contexts.
  • Facilitate the coordination, participation and contributions of all UASC WG members as well as efficient collaboration between other groups and entities internal and external to The Alliance.
  • Provide timely responses to all questions and issues addressed to the UASC WG.

Resources

Cash and Voucher Assistance and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action:

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What is the purpose of this tool? This tool gives guidance on providing cash and voucher assistance directly to children/adolescents who are unaccompanied or heading a household. Who is this tool for? This tool is for all actors using cash and voucher assistance as a form of intervention in humanitarian settings. It is recommended that those without child protection expertise involve child...

Call for Moratorium on Intercountry Adoption in Response to the Conflict in Ukraine

During emergencies, such as conflict, it is a well-accepted principle of States’ obligations under international law that adoption is not an appropriate response for unaccompanied and separated children. Children separated from their parents during a humanitarian emergency cannot be assumed to be orphans. Until the fate of a child's parents or other close relatives can be verified, each separated...

Guidance | Unaccompanied and Separated Children Information Sheet

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...

Key Considerations | Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) for Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other potential infectious disease outbreaks

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This document builds on existing Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) programming guidance and incorporates recent field experience from the child protection sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It should therefore be read in conjunction with thematic recommendations already available. It is designed to help adapt and/ or initiate Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) programs...

Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Community-based monitoring in rural Adwa, Tigray, Ethiopia

The Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE) project is an interagency initiative under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and coordinated by Save the Children in partnership with Columbia University. The overall aim of the MSiE project is to strengthen emergency response programmes for unaccompanied and...

Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Haiti following Hurricane Matthew

The Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE) project is an interagency initiative funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and is coordinated by Save the Children in partnership with Columbia University. The overall aim of the MSiE project is to strengthen emergency response programmes for unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) through the development of practical...

Media

WEBINAR | UNACCOMPANIED AND SEPARATED CHILDREN (UASC)

Unaccompanied and Separated Children Task Force Leads

Cliff Speck, UNHCR

Jerry Abdala Kulelemba, International Rescue Committee