Definitions

The research teams have adopted the expression  "separated children" for their national reports.

With the term "separated" we would like to underline the condition of a young individual who is temporarily far from his/her parents or from primary caregivers who should guarantee for the response to his/her needs and rights 1

This choice might show some inconsistencies in the various national reports in so far as the latter will be describing different situations where different terminologies are used by the various stakeholders involved. Notwithstanding these inconsistencies and the more "practical" choice of “separated children” as a common definition, we share the impression that, at the present phase of the project, the analysis developed seems to confirm and indicate "children on the move" as a more appropriate and comprehensive expression, which better reflects the lived experiences of this group of persons. It is for this reason, rather than to identify a new category of children, that this more updated definition will be adopted in the transnational report which will be published in the following phases of the GATE project.2

 

 

Notes:

1For more details on the definition of separated children see SCEP (2010).

2 For further details on the definition/concept of children on the move see the executive summary of the International Conference on Protecting and Supporting Children on the Move,  organised in Barcelona in October 2010 by the Global Movement for Children (GMC), with the support of Generalitat de Catalunya, Intervida, Oak Foundation and Save the Children UK, available at this link (Accessed October 2012).

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