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ISS/IRC Code TOOL-CHILD ENG-045
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Title UNHCR Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child
Author UNHCR
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Date published/issue 05-00-2008
Date received 00-00-0000
Place published SWITZERLAND
Editor UNHCR
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Page 97
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Type of material Booklet
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Document description Commentaries
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Country concerned WORLD
Index Child-rights
Unaccompanied-child
Child-care
Conv-crc
Child-opinion
Family-reintegration
Refugee
Child-home-study
Placement
Child-interest
Human Rights
Free text This document is the final version from the paper released in May 2006. This final version have been produced following two years of field testing.
The guidelines aims to help the determination of the best interests of the child. This publication offers guidance (Chapter 1) on how to apply the best interests principle in practice, and defines (Chapter 2) the three situations in which UNHCR must undertake a BID. These include (i) the identification of the most appropriate durable solution for unaccompanied and separated refugee
children, (ii) temporary care decisions for unaccompanied and separated children in certain exceptional circumstances, and (iii) decisions which may
involve the separation of a child from parents against their will.
The chapter 3 of the Guidelines provides detailed guidance on the procedure.
This consists essentially of two key steps: collecting and analysing all relevant information; and balancing all relevant factors to determine which of the possible options is in the best interests of the child. The first step can be undertaken either directly by UNHCR or entrusted to partners, usually NGOs,
whereas the second step should normally be taken by a multidisciplinary panel.
Chapter 3 also provides guidance on how to weigh the relevant factors, when determining a child's best interests.


This document is available through the link: http://www.unhcr.org/protect/PROTECTION/4566b16b2.pdf

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