Children may become separated from their parents – or be at risk of separation from one or both parents (or custodial family members) – for diverse reasons, including in instances of relocation and international child abduction, migrant children, children being taken into public care, children who are imprisoned or children whose parents are imprisoned.
Learning from jurisprudence & practical experiences across different areas of law, the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project, co-funded by the EU and led by the AIRE Centre, examines how to have more child centred proceedings, decisions and outcomes in cases involving separated children. Although there are many differences between how different separated children become involved in justice proceedings, these children also have a lot in common. The project explores the similar procedural and substantive law questions which arise, including how separated children access justice and how their best interests can be assessed.
A series of expert seminars and training in Brussels, Dublin, London and Zagreb have been held in 2016 and 2017, with training materials soon to be available, see more here
Child Circle co-organised the events in Brussels and in particular has focussed on the importance of multidisciplinary approaches to litigation, by exploring what actors and bodies are concerned when separated children are involved in litigation and how they can contribute to effective litigation.