Professionalisation of guardianship in Europe
REC rights of the child funded project
October 2017- October 2019

Project objectives
ProGuard was based on the following assumptions, derived from general research and practical experience of the project partners:

  • there is a lot of knowledge and expertise available but there is no systematic way in which insights and best practices are shared; many organisations fend for themselves and guardians do not yet have easy and structured access to information, methodologies and best practices
  • protecting and implementing child rights for unaccompanied children in Europe requires professional guardianship organisations with specialised knowledge and networks.

Project results
The project delivered

The toolkit supports guardians in their daily work. It consists of information, tools and best practices related to guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children and aims at protecting and implementing children’s rights for this special group of children in Europe. The toolkit is available in Croatian, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian and Greek and includes a train-the-trainer programme to enable training on the toolkit in different contexts.
The PAS can be used by Member States and national actors to assess whether their own system fulfils common and transparently defined European standards on guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children in migration and reflect on opportunities for progress.
The recommendation report aims to provide guardians working with unaccompanied and separated children, as well as policymakers and governments, with information on the current state of the art and with recommendations on both how to further develop policies regarding guardianship for unaccompanied and separated children in Europe and how these can be used in practice.

The outcomes and deliverables of ProGuard were transferred to EGN during the second meeting of the network that took place in Glasgow on 23 September 2019, as a contribution to the network’s mission to develop safe, effective and consistent ways of delivering high quality, child rights based, and accessible guardianship services.

Final article
A final article sums up the project results and deliverables. It also provides an overview of the general recommendations for guardianship systems that the project delivered.

ProGuard was carried out by Nidos (NL) and partners METAdrasi (EL), Danish Red Cross (DK), Jugendhilfe Süd-Niedersachsen (DE), Orphans court Latvia (LV), Amici dei Bambini (IT), Centre for missing and exploited children (HR), Child Circle (BE), National Institute for Health and Welfare (FI), Missing Children Europe and The Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Contact details
Liedewij de Ruijter de Wildt, Manager European Project Department Nidos
Phone: +31 (0) 6 22194569