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Students take part in an executive training session at the European University Institute. Photo by the European University InstituteCredit

Child Protection in the Migration Context: From Principle to Implementation

ETS children-migration 2020

Date: 7-9 October 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Jacqueline Bhabha (FXB Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Vasileia Digidiki (FXB Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Gabriella Sanchez (Migration Policy Centre, EUI)

Deadline: 6 September 2020 

Early bird: 30 July 2020

  Training Programme




In recent years, there has been an unprecedented increase in the numbers of children migrating, accompanied or otherwise. This phenomenon is associated with increasing evidence of child protection failures at all stages of children’s migration, from the moment of departure through travel and transit up to arrival and, when relevant, repatriation. In the absence of a unitary, integrated international system equipped to manage protection, individual governments have developed ad-hoc procedures lacking inter-agency consistency or integration. 

This executive training will address practical child protection challenges that emerge in relation to migration across a range of contexts. It will draw on interdisciplinary tools, case studies, a rich body of research and experience spanning diverse jurisdictions. The training will cover the international legal framework and international instruments governing migrant child protection, addressing the practical challenges that arise from eliciting and incorporating the voice and agency of children into the decision-making process that effects them.


Who should attend?

  • Mid-career, NGO professionals, civil servants engaged with child migrant protection and migration management policies at national and international levels;
  • Students interested in the migrant protection sector and/or are interested in working with migrant children;
  • Professionals in education, medical sector, who have an interest on entering/transferring to the child protection field;
  • Volunteers and officers seeking to better position themselves for field placements on migrant child protection.


How you will learn during this training:

  • Lectures from leading experts
  • Interactive case-based teaching by practitioners
  • Inter-organizational perspectives and dialogues, collective problem solving
  • Cross-sectoral insights providing a broader understanding of key issues
  • Debates about ethical dilemmas and pragmatic challenges
  • One-on-one discussions between participants and instructors


What you will gain from this Executive Training:

  • Knowledge and strategic insights into migrant child protection;
  • Ability to articulate child protection strategies and practices;
  • Improved knowledge of the ongoing challenges experienced by migrant children across multiple contexts;
  • An understanding of policy makers and government officials challenges and strategies to address them;
  • Exchange with leading experts, and opportunities to network with mid-career colleagues from around the world.


Fees: 1,300 € 

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs. 
The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees. 


This Executive Training Seminar is conducted in collaboration with the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At the conclusion of the Executive Training, participants will receive a joint certificate issued by Harvard University and European University Institute.


Meet you trainers:

Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and  Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard’s only university wide Human Rights research center. 

Vasileia Digidiki is an Instructor at Harvard University and a Forensic and Social psychologist. She currently directs the Migration and Child protection Program at the  FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, conducting research in Europe, Africa and Asia. 

Gabriella Sanchez is the lead of the migrant smuggling research cluster at the Migration Policy Centre. She is an ethnographer interested in the everyday dynamics of smuggling facilitation, human trafficking and organized criminal activities along the migrant trail. A former criminal investigator, she has extensive experiencing developing partnerships with law enforcement, NGOs and para-governmental organizations.