Stepping Stones to Safety

December 6, 2021

Stepping Stones to Safety

Strengthening Key Procedural Safeguards for Unaccompanied Children in Transnational Procedures within the EU

Unaccompanied children seeking international protection in the European Union (EU) need safe and legal pathways between Member States in a number of circumstances, including to ensure family reunion or to reach protection and assistance through relocation from countries of first entry.

This joint report, by Child Circle and KIND, is intended to advance the vision and practical engagement of the many authorities, agencies, organisations and professionals that are committed to assisting and protecting unaccompanied children. Without their efforts, these children may find themselves walking a tightrope alone across Europe when seeking family reunion or protection and assistance. Working together, we can put in place stepping stones to safety.

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Executive Summary