Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), the CJ/ENF-ISE undertakes a review of law, policy and practice on how the best interests of the child and their rights are protected in situations of parental separation.

The CJ/ENF-ISE also carries out a review of law, policy and practice on how the best interests of the child are protected in domestic law proceedings by public authorities to limit parental responsibilities or place a child in care.

Furthermore, the CJ/ENF-ISE will prepare, as appropriate, on the basis of the above-mentioned reviews, guidelines or other policy instruments or practical tools to give guidance to member States and other stakeholders in this area, in line with international and European standards and good practice, including the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, relevant conventions of the Council of Europe and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.