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AIDAH - completed


The project – co-funded by the European Union's RETURN program – is a joint action of 11 child protection NGOs that aims to document, analyze and improve the situation of children that have been returned to 6 different countries from EU countries making sure that their best interests are upheld following the enforcement of a return decision. It also aims to provide decision makers and service providers with a post return monitoring framework that will allow the best interests of the child to be upheld prior to a decision on return is taken and after a return decision is enforced
The project will propose a mechanism that will equip Member States as well as countries of return to monitor the situation of children after they have been returned, taking on their responsibility and making sure that the best interests of the child is at the center of any action that concern them. The mechanism proposed (a post return monitoring framework) will comprise of three different steps*: the pre return decision making process where "life projects" have to be elaborated. The post return monitoring activities and exchange of information, and finally, the mechanisms of redress when the rights of the child are not fulfilled or their physical and psycho social development is impaired.
o achieve these ambitious objectives, social workers working and education specialists in 6 countries of origin (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo [under UN SCR 1244], Montenegro and Serbia), will cover the main cities of their country and *meet returned children every month and follow up on their individual situation while gathering their experience to document the evolution of their situation and complete individual case files that will later on constitute the basis of the research on the factors that contribute, or have negative consequences, on the (re)integration of children returned from EU Member States to their country of origin
In 4 countries of destination (Austria, France, Greece and Hungary), decision makers and relevant stakeholders will be approached* in order to share the challenges they face in returning children from third countries, as well as to assess the post return monitoring capacity they have. Bridges will be established between countries of origin and EU Member States and once a draft of the post return monitoring framework will be available, project partners in EU Member States and associate partners in countries of origin will be in a position to test it so that to bring adjustments to the monitoring framework.
Finally, the project aims at offering mechanisms to improve the situation of children that will contribute to this project through *direct support and different measures of integration ranging from access to vocational training and education to humanitarian assistance, where that is needed.
A special peer-to-peer (re)integration programme will be put in place in the 6 countries of return, where children, teenagers or volunteers will support returned children in the (re)integration challenges they may face.
At the end of the project, a minimum of 120 children will have been supported throughout 18 months, 1680 individual follow up visits will have been undertaken by qualified social workers in collaboration with state authorities to guide them in their (re)integration work with returned children; an in-depth empirical research will have increased the understanding of EU Member States on the factors that contribute to the (re)integration of children and, based on the latter; a post return monitoring framework will have been tested and will be put at the disposal of, and explained to, all 27 (and soon 28) EU Member States.
Partners of the project:
ECPAT Austria
Hors la rue, France
ARSIS, Greece
Tdh in Albania
Tdh in Kosovo
Open Gate/La Strada, FYROM
Medica Zenica, BiH
Centre for Youth Integration, Serbia
Women Lobby, Montenegro