Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of people fleeing war, religious persecution and seeking a new life in Europe. Migrant flows bring not just adults, but also children, who are among the most vulnerable persons, especially when they arrive in Europe without their family, or a legal guardian.
European countries must ensure effective care for Unaccompanied or separated children (UASC) and the already valuable systems of alternative care can and must be further improved in order to guarantee integration and a holistic well-being for children.
Adequate care to children includes not only safe shelter but also all the services which are a conditio sine qua non for their best interest and their well-being.*
*European Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration, 2017
The EPIC project, based on the already stellar work carried out by the alternative care system, seeks to improve the effectiveness and quality of alternative forms of care and more specifically:
- To encourage the exchange of good practices and methodologies among partners;
- To enhance key actors with competences and information for the expansion of care service;