Safeguarding Unaccompanied Migrant Minors from going Missing by Identifying Best Practices and Training Actors on Interagency Cooperation

The problem of unaccompanied migrant minors has received increasing attention at the level of the EU as well as the Council of Europe. EU efforts have included legislation and funding as well as a special action plan addressing the need to prevent, protect & find durable solutions.

The purpose of SUMMIT is to address this problem and in essence, the aim of the project is to reduce the numbers of unaccompanied migrant children who will go missing and to protect the rights that they are entitled to.

The objective of the project is threefold:

  1. To identify best practices in the prevention of & response to vulnerable UAMs going missing from reception centres. (taking reception, risk assessment, counselling and cooperation between actors into consideration)
  2. To develop guidance for improved interagency cooperation in preventing and responding to the problem of missing unaccompanied migrant minors
  3. To facilitate implementation of the guidance through joined seminars involving all relevant actors/stakeholders

The project is expected to:

  1. Establish best practices in the prevention of & response to the disappearance of UAMs by:
    1. Producing well researched results identifying and categorizing risk factors and developing a framework for action in response to missing UAMs
    2. Developing a guidance dictating effective procedures in terms of interagency cooperation in the event of the disappearance of a UAM
  2. Contribute substantially to reducing the number of children disappearing from reception centres by ensuring better cooperation between actors and tailored responses to specific risks.
  3. Improve the abilities of guardians, reception centre professionals and hotlines for missing children in dealing with the issue.




Funded by the European Commission, Daphne Programme.