The Inter-Agency Taskforce on Unaccompanied and Separated Children finalized and launched the Field Handbook on Unaccompanied and Separated Children and the accompanying Toolkit in November 2016. The new materials will guide policy development and programming in addressing all cases of family separation, including family tracing and reunification, and the provision of appropriate alternative care in all settings as part of the case management system.

For further information, please contact Ibrahim Sesay, Child Protection Section, Programme Division, United Nations Children’s Fund, Three United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017, USA. E-mail: isesay@unicef.org;  Skype: Ibrahim.sesay101.

UASC news, March 2018

On 9 March, IOM and UNICEF as chair and co-chair of the Unaccompanied and Separated Children Task Force organized a webinar targeting child protection practitioners. The aim was to further disseminate the field handbook and toolkit on unaccompanied and separated children. The webinar was also an opportunity to provide an overview of the main gaps of knowledge in the field making the link with the guidance available in both publications. Participants completed a survey that sought to highlight the current main challenges and gaps of knowledge in the field. 103 respondents provided detailed answers and case studies. The two sessions of the webinar were viewed over 100 times. Participants came from 15 local, national and international NGOs, civil society organizations and UN agencies in over 50 countries.

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