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Regional report reveals rights of child victims are still not respected

2010-03-04

The regional team of Terre des hommes is pleased to release the regional report on the implementation of the Unicef guidelines for the protection of the rights of the child victims of trafficking. Six years after the launch of the guidelines it was necessary to assess the state of play in the protection of child victims of trafficking.
The report says that the general level of service provided to child victims of trafficking has improved significantly. It also finds that there is considerable scope for further improvement based on the comparison in three South Eastern European countries.
Official launching events took place in Macedonia on the 18 February,and will be in Kosovo today and in Albania tomorrow.
Key findings of the report include:

* Compliance with the UNICEF guidelines of legislative, administrative and procedural frameworks was generally found to be good but implementation is still far from being satisfactory.
* Exploited children continue to be subject to ill treatments due to the absence of adequate practices in the case management.
* Big proportion of children are not identified and granted the victim status, therefore, not benefitting from the care they are entitled to.
* Short term solutions offered to child victims meet the standards of the UNICEF guidelines.
* However, lack of adequate durable solutions such as non-residential care alternatives are dramatically lacking.
* Adequate assistance of guardians, a person at their side to listen and follow them in order to safeguard their best interests, is provided in a very limited number of cases.
* Public Social Services structures are not equipped with sufficient means to conduct their work and often lack relevant childcare expertise to ensure a proper protection of children.
* Judiciary do not succeed in adapting their practices to the cases of children, very often leading to a re-victimization.
* The regional and international collaboration should be enhanced through formal international agreements on the example of Greece and Albania, and monitor its implementation.
* Inclusive training impact assessment is necessary among all actors to assess the gaps in competence and to build a training strategy based on these identified gaps.
The report was carried out in the framework of the Enhancing capacity to address trafficking in especially children from a human rights perspective in Southeast Asia, Southeast Europe and Latin America, co-funded by the European Commission.
Download the report here