Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP)

The SCEP is a joint initiative of the International Save the Children Alliance and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The programme is based on the complementary mandates and areas of expertise of the two organisations.

The Statement aims to provide a straightforward account of the policies and practices required to implement measures that will ensure the promotion and protection of the rights of separated children in Europe. The Statement is principally informed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and two documents: UNHCR’s Guidelines on Policies and Procedures in dealing with Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum of February, 1997 here referred to as UNHCR Guidelines and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles Position on Refugee Children of November 1996, here referred to as ECRE (Children).