SEPARATED CHILDREN: Identification and Documentation
By Indonesia Group 4
(Wahyu, Rama, Eriando)
1. Initial Information from the Case Study
Personal Information
Name : Jean-Claude
Age : 8 years old
Family Information
Lived with parents, on hillside, country X. Jean-Claude has two sisters and two little brothers.
Parents : N/A (Separated from the origin location)
Sister 1 : N/A (Separated from the origin location)
Sister 2 : N/A (Separated from the origin location)
Brother 1 : Emile, Male, 3 years old (Separated about 10 km from the Red Cross
Brother 2 : Pascal, Male (Separated from the origin location)
Current Location: Red Cross Camp

2. Objective of the Program
In general the objective for family tracing and reunification program on separated children are:
  • Protect and care for separated children.
  • Prevent further separations.
  • Reunite children with their families as quickly as possible.

3. Things to Consider on Family Tracing and Reunification Program
3.1. Guiding Principle
There are some guiding principles on this program:
  • Best Interests: should guide all decisions and actions
  • Participation: right to participate in decisions
  • Family Unity: all children have a right to a family and families have a right and responsibility to care for their children. Every effort should be made to preserve family unity.
  • Protection from further Harm: Protection against exploitation and abuse , prevent adoption and evacuation, avoid use of institutions and orphanages, separate care and education functions of religious boarding schools.

3.2. Identification and Documentation Step
It is critical to identify children who have been separated as quickly as possible so that they can be reunited with family if they are still in the same area. The first step to identify and documentation:
  • Take information from Jean-Claude. Use standard registration form and record the interview. (See Appendix 7 on Separated Children Care & Protection of Children in Emergencies: A Field Guide by Amy Hepburn, Jan Williamson & Tanya Wolfram. Save The Children. 2004). Note for children interview: (1) If possible, it is important to gather complete information in the initial interview as there may not be an opportunity to interview separated children a second time. (2) Children should be interviewed in a calm, quiet setting. (3) Talk to other people who might know the children.
  • This registration should include registration number and photograph (if possible)
  • Make a list of all possible places parent or their family might be found. This might include another camp area, churches, hospitals, temporary shelters, border crossings, and etc.
3.3. The Next Step
  • Tracing
  • Verification
  • Reunification
  • Follow-up