IFRC Position Paper - Protection and Assistance for Children on the Move

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC, and ICRC (together the “Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement”) have a long history of working to protect children on the move, irrespective of their legal standing, at all stages of their journey. This includes extensive work led by the ICRC on restoring family links (RFL), tracing, detention monitoring, and outreach to governments. This focus reflects the requirements under the Geneva Conventions and customary international humanitarian law that special protections be put in place for children affected by conflict, including those separated from their families. As part of their humanitarian mandate, IFRC and National Societies endeavour to protect and assist vulnerable children, including children on the move and others ‘living at the margins of conventional health, social and legal systems’. Activities include: emergency health care; safe spaces like child friendly spaces and homes dedicated to unaccompanied minors; reception and transit centres; psychosocial care; and support to access education, food, shelter, and legal counsel. The IFRC and National Societies also conduct engage governments and other stakeholders to improve the protection of children on the move.