Keywords: Undocumented Children
Pulling together experiences, challenges, strategies and ideas shared at the intensive national workshops in seven countries – Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK - the "Building strategies to Improve the Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe" project’s next step, is the production of a user-friendly toolkit.
The toolkit will be an instructional guide focusing on undocumented children’s access to basic social rights in Europe. It will be available in six languages – English, French, Dutch, Polish, Spanish and Italian. The toolkit will be accessible to, and usable by all groups – undocumented families themselves, doctors and lawyers working with undocumented families, public officials and policy makers, and civil society organisations.
Including a pan-European legal and policy framework, and detailing all the challenges undocumented families face, the toolkit will showcase best practice strategies in surmounting barriers to undocumented children’s access to basic social rights across Europe.
By breaking down the ‘who, what, where and how’ of each strategy, the toolkit aims to encourage and promote migrant communities, civil society, public service professionals and public officials to reproduce, recreate and redevelop the strategies presented, in their own countries and contexts.
The toolkit will:
Explain the legal and policy framework governing undocumented children’s rights
Inform on the rights of undocumented children to access education, healthcare and housing
Lay out all the practical challenges undocumented children face in exercising their rights
Have testimonies from undocumented families explaining in their own words, what barriers they are struggling to overcome, and how
The toolkit will be presented at the Project’s Final Conference which will be held in early February 2013.
If you have any strategies, organisations, individuals, or best practices you know who would like to share their stories, triumphs and struggles in the toolkit, please email either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.