In September PICUM launched a Global Campaign to End Child Detention. This campaign was first initiated by the International Detention Coalition which is an overarching umbrella group of over 300 NGOs. The aim of the campaign is to draw together members of civil society in order that they might work alongside and in collaboration with one another to put an end to immigration detention of children.
PICUM is a non-governmental international organisation (NGO) that promotes respect for the human rights of undocumented migrants within Europe. PICUM helps to provide a connection between what migrant’s experience in Europe and where policies relating to them are considered and debated. In doing this PICUM gives recommendations and expert advise to policy makers and institutions. The Global Campaign to End Child Detention calls upon governments to follow the guidance on the Committee on the Rights of the child so that immigration detention of children can be stopped.
PICUM has also published the ‘Children first and Foremost’ guide on children’s rights and how they are protected in Europe. This guide draws together good practice, which has been shared through national level workshops, on how to ensure undocumented children’s access to fundamental social rights. The guide is aimed to be accessed, read and used by undocumented families, professionals from the healthcare system, lawyers, and officials from the public sector, policy makers and more civil society organisations. The first section of this guide aims to explain who undocumented children are and why it is necessary to focus on protecting their human rights. In explaining this guide provides an overview of the national legal frameworks in place which cover the children’s rights in Europe. The second section of the guide outlines and highlights the logistical and administrative challenges that exist which prevent undocumented children accessing their rights. In this section the guide illustrated good practice strategies from across Europe which have successfully overcome these challenges.