Project: Children’s Alternatives to Detention protecting their Rights in Europe (CADRE)


The Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR is a partner organization in a two-year project on “Children’s Alternatives to Detention protecting their Rights in Europe (CADRE)” led by the International Commission of Jurists - European Institutions (ICJ-EI). The project runs as of February 2021 and seeks to promote the expansion, implementation and improvement of viable and effective alternatives to detention for migrant children in full respect of their rights in the European Union.

This effort aims to contribute to ending the resort to detention of children in migration by promoting viable alternatives to detention, meaning arrangements which can ensure the children’s well-being and rights under EU and international law.

The project targets seven focus  countries – Malta, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Belgium, Hungary and Italy. It is implemented in collaboration with national partner organisations: Aditus (Malta), Foundation for Access to Rights (Bulgaria), Greek Council for Refugees (Greece), Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), Defence for Children International - Belgium, Hungarian Helsinki Committee (Hungary), and the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration (ASGI) (Italy) and supported by the participation of the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum-Seekers (Malta).

Within this project the partners aim to train professionals who work with migrant children, and on detention and alternatives to detention in the focus countries, namely public officials, civil society organisations, lawyers and judges – on the human rights implications of alternatives to detention, by instilling a child-rights culture centered around their best interests and access to child-friendly procedures. The project aims to equip these participants with awareness of and access to best practices and standards, skills and ability to implement them, and to foster a transnational and multidisciplinary community of experts from different backgrounds for mutual support and exchange on developments in the field.

In doing so, the project aims to ensure an effective and consistent application of EU and international law and standards on alternatives to detention, benefitting migrant children at risk of being detained or whose rights may be violated in alternatives to detention, in the focus countries, and in the long-term, across the EU more generally.

The project partners will:

  • hold three transnational workshops attended by at least 60 experts from seven EU countries followed by several online public conferences/talks;
  • develop four training modules translated into six different languages and other e-learning tools;
  • hold national trainings in the five focus countries, and
  • widely disseminate all publications and materials, including through developing a webpage with a database and videos.

On March 23, 2021, FAR held an expert meeting to discuss national training needs in the field of alternatives to detention of migrant children. The meeting was attended by a total of 36 experts from the government and the civil sector in Bulgaria - the State Agency for Refugees, the Migration Directorate of the Ministry of Interior, the State Agency for Child Protection, Child Protection Departments of the Social Assistance Agency, the Ombudsman, UNHCR, the National Network for Children, Reachout Foundation, Bulgarian Red Cross and lawyers. You can find the presentation of the Foundation for Access to Rights - FAR, presented at the meeting here.


This project was funded by European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The content of this publication represents the views of FAR and is its sole responsibility. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.