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Guidelines on Assessing and Determining the Best Interests of the Child

Human Rights and Children's Rights, Protection and Child Protection
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Manual/Handbook/Guidance Document
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UNHCR_BIP_Guidelines_Quick_Guide_2019_ENG 389 KB Download
UNHCR_Best_Interests_Procedures_2019_ENG 3 MB Download


UNHCR is pleased to announce the provisional release of the UNHCR Guidelines on Assessing and Determining the Best Interests of the Child (Best Interests Procedure (BIP) Guidelines). Building on the practice of strengthening national child protection systems and on 10 years of implementation of UNHCR’s Guidelines on Determining the Best Interests of the Child (Best Interests Determination (BID) Guidelines) (May 2008), these updated BIP Guidelines replace both the 2008 BID Guidelines and the 2011 Field Handbook for the Implementation of UNHCR BID Guidelines.

The application of the best interests principle, which is formalised in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), has a long history in refugee child protection work. Today, the Best Interests Procedure for children at risk has become an integral part of child protection case management work for States, UNHCR, and many partner organisations.

The BIP Guidelines are intended as field-driven, operational guidance that supports the work of both UNHCR and partners. They provide one consolidated, practical frame of reference for best interests procedures for organisations working on child protection case management, especially in refugee settings.

The BIP Guidelines are now issued as a provisional release until the end of 2019 to complete the process of feedback and validation from UNHCR staff and counterparts. In sharing this release with you, we invite you to use the BIP Guidelines in your daily work and we would welcome your feedback on any errors, inconsistencies or omissions you identify during your use of these updated guidelines.

For more information and support or for any questions, please contact the Child Protection Unit at [email protected]