As the guardian of an unaccompanied child, you replace biological parents or other persons holding parental responsibilities. Because of this, you are the reference person for the child.
To ensure that the child’s needs are appropriately covered, you act as a link between the child and the specialist agencies and individuals who are responsible for providing the care the child requires. Whilst doing so, you respect the child’s right to be heard, and you facilitate the child’s participation in all decisions affecting the child. You facilitate the child’s contact and communication with other professionals as well as monitor their actions to ensure that the services they provide meet the child’s best interests1.
As a guardian, you cooperate with a lot of people who are involved in taking care of the child.
This part of the toolkit gives you information on working with:
- cultural mediators
- other stakeholders