The specific attention on guardianship as a key institute which can "translate" international human rights and children rights legislations into practice, especially in relation with trafficking and exploitation, was solicited by and referred to the Defence for Children International-NL-led project "Closing a Protection Gap".

The knowledge produced by this previously EU funded initiative led to the identification of core standards for guardians of separated children.

GATE tried to expand and complement with a systemic perspective the indications and the guidelines which emerged from that action, which is still developing at European level.

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