Children in migration have the right to be informed about their rights and the procedures affecting them. Such information is crucial uphold the child’s right to be heard and to participate in procedures affecting them. Children in migration face additional barriers in access to information that is child-friendly despite being identified as one of the most vulnerable groups of children in Europe today. In response to these challenges, the Council of Europe, under the Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) and the Council of Europe Action Plan (2017-2019), launches the Handbook for frontline professional on how to convey child-friendly information to children in migration.
The handbook includes:
- examples of promising practices implemented around Europe;
- practical tips to highlight ways
to implement this guidance in practice;
- points to consider including specific situations or risk factors that would increase a child’s vulnerability or increase the barriers in access to rights;
- questions children may have at different stages of their journey;
- quotes from children;
- children’s recommendations;
- golden rules for each given context.
This handbook unpacks ways and methods to communicate with children in migration without necessarily creating new information communication tools. Factsheets have been developed to serve as practical tools for the reader when communicating with children in migration in practice.
Video: Ellen Van Vooren, Researcher and Policy Advisor, Children's Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi)