We want to hear from you: Calling professionals to blog about children in migration

Are you an academic working on topics related to the current situation of migrant children in Europe? An NGO working on improving the situation of unaccompanied children? A volunteer on the ground affected by stories of these children every day? Missing Children Europe invites you to contribute to our blog on the situation, challenges, stories and support of children who come to Europe in the context of migration. This blog is part of the “Lost in migration:  Working together to protect children from disappearance” conference that will be organised in Malta on the 26-27 January. The blog is an opportunity for you to share your expertise, best practices and views with a wide audience to help shape the outcome of the conference.
Missing Children Europe together with the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society in Malta will be organising the conference to coincide with a key moment in the revision of key European instruments dictating the protection of children in migration. The conference is supported by the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM).
The conference will bring together key stakeholders concerned with the issue, to take stock of the situation and develop forward looking proposals for the protection of children in migration. It will address the need for a comprehensive child protection approach to effectively prevent and respond to disappearance.
A non-exhaustive list of topics for the blog includes:
> Cross border child protection and cooperation in cases of missing children
> The reform of the Common European Asylum System
> Legal avenues to reach the European Union – move within the European Union (including, family reunification, relocation, etc.)
> Guardianship and legal representation
> Reception needs and best practices
> Assessment of the Best interest of the child
> Child trafficking

Blog posts can however also be of a more personal nature, for example to:
> Talk about an own experience of being a migrating child
> Talk about work with children in migration, children victims of trafficking, child protection needs at the frontline
> Describe an (anonymized / depersonalized) case you have managed of a child in migration, which you feel explains or illustrates the problem
> Best practices or re-occurring challenges you see in your day to day work with children in migration

Further information about the word limit, audience, submitting your blog post etc. can be found in the blogging guidelines here. Please express your interest in submitting something for the blog by the 7th of December. If you’re unable to make this deadline, but would like to contribute, please let us know.

Find the draft programme of the event here.

We appreciate your contribution to sharing knowledge and expertise on protecting and empowering children. For further questions, please get in touch with gail.rego@missingchildreneurope.eu

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