It is Frontex responsibility to consider the special needs of persons in a particularly vulnerable situation, in every activity we implement together with the Member States.
Protecting vulnerable migrants is also a fundamental part of the Agency`s mandate on returns. We want to make sure that people who need special protection are treated properly.
Every child has special rights, including to be treated with dignity, to be heard, to receive information, to participate in decision-making and to receive healthcare if needed. Because of children’s particular needs and vulnerabilities, special care to ensure that these rights are respected during the entire return procedure is essential. Children have the right to know what return will mean for them and, depending on their age, this also requires that those who work with them know how to efficiently communicate with them.
For this reason, we have developed a set of tools for children in return and for those working with children, and we plan to do the same also for other vulnerable groups in the future.
In close cooperation with child psychologists and child education experts, as well as in consultation with the Agency`s Fundamental Rights Office and the Consultative Forum, Frontex has developed a “Toolbox for Children in Return” which includes the following: