Defence for Children-the Netherlands is the new coordinator of the Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP). SCEP is a powerful European Network including more than 30 organizations and has from 1997 up until December 2012 been successfully coordinated by Save the Children Denmark. Defence for Children is proud to receive the trust of the partners as a coordinator and is dedicated to maintain SCEP as a key European platform in the protection and promotion of the rights of separated children.
The SCEP Network seeks to improve the situation of separated children through research, a shared policy and advocacy at national and regional levels. Age assessment, guardianship systems, return and trafficking are the priority areas of SCEP. The latest Position Paper on Age Assessment aims to provide concrete recommendations to States and other relevant stakeholders on how to ensure full respect of the rights that separated children are entitled to, when doubts concerning their age may arise. All the work of SCEP is based on the Statement of Good Practice.
The Separated Children in Europe Programme has developed the following vision to drive forward its work:
The rights of all separated children entering or travelling across Europe will be realised; in particular, they will be protected, their well-being and development will be promoted; they will have opportunities to develop their full potential and they will participate in a meaningful way in the development of policies and practices that impact upon their lives.
We believe that every separated child in Europe should: