The project

The project “GATE - Guardians Against Trafficking and Exploitation” aims to increase the capacity of the guardianship systems in 4 EU countries (Italy, Greece, Cyprus, the Netherlands) to protect separated children against trafficking and exploitation.
While the initiative is addressed to guardians as privileged interlocutors of separated children, it adopts what we call an “holistic” approach, in the sense that it considers the functioning of the guardianship system as a whole (e.g. legislative framework and its implementation, administrative procedures, professionals involved, networking between actors at local and national levels, existence and quality of training, financial resources available) as the important container/context within which guardians’ potentials can be valued and their roles strengthened.
Thus, GATE refers simultaneously to guardians, to the guardianship system where they operate, and to the welfare services offered to protect separated children’s rights in each national context.

After a preliminary analysis of existing guardianship and protection systems in each national context, and once their effectiveness (or ineffectiveness) in protecting children and in preventing their being exploited or becoming victims of trafficking is assessed, the project will proceed with reaching its objectives, which are threefold:


1)    To identify the risk and protection factors for separated children in order to prevent trafficking and exploitation phenomena,
2)    To empower guardians (and other stakeholders) in their professional role,
3)    To enhance policies in this field at national and EU level.  

And are connected with the following actions:

1)     Implementation of a training guide and trainings of trainer sessions for guardians,
2)     Elaboration of national and EU standards and recommendations,
3)     Dissemination of project’s results in 19 EU countries through an international conference and an online web-based resource centre.

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