EUR&QUA – Project to develop a cross-border area for international child protection

Growing mobility and migration also leads to transnational family situations in the field of child and youth welfare, which gives rise to transregional child protection issues. Many children cross regional borders because their parents change their place of residence, the families receive help in another region or parents separate. Frequently, child protection issues become relevant in these situations, as crossing borders often leads to discrepancies and discontinuities in assistance. In particular, differences in language and culture, ideas about family concepts and child welfare, different help systems or physical distance are challenging aspects for cross-border child protection.

Initial idea of the EUR&QUA project is to describe and understand cross-border help processes and to look at them from a perspective of cross-border and a child rights-sensitive child protection. The research project EUR&QUA focuses on the situation of children and parents who cross the borders of the Greater Region in search of suitable assistance. From the processes, questions arise concerning the professional practices, according to institutional guidelines and legal conditions, which must be reconciled on a case-by-case basis for the benefit of children and young people.

Project structure: The INTERREG project "EUR&QUA" is part of the INTERREG Programme V A Greater Region (2014-2020) and is funded by the “European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)”.

The project duration covers the period from 01/10/2016 to 30/09/2020. The INTERREG V A Programme GR continues the cross-border cooperation in the Greater Region initiated in the predecessor programmes INTERREG III (2000-2006) and INTERREG IV (2007-2013). The aim of all projects implemented under the INTERREG Programme V A GR is to improve the living conditions and living environment in the Greater Region and to promote cross-border networking, cooperation and mobility.

Within the INTERREG Programme V A Greater Region, the EUR&QUA project refers to Priority Axis 3 "Improvement of Living Conditions" and within this axis the EUR&QUA project focuses on the specific Objective 7 "Creation of an improved cross-border offer of socially inclusive services and facilities".

Project aims of the EUR&QUA project are to improve and make transparent the cross-border accompaniment of children and young people who need social, legal, psychological or medical assistance. The development of an effective transnational network of the social and health services involved in the Greater Region should contribute to this. One aspect here is to increase knowledge of the country-specific differences in the individual help systems. This can create a common culture of providing social assistance on the basis of international child protection. In addition, the creation of a training programme in cross-border child protection should be a major outcome of the project.

The INTERREG region


The map illustrates the outline of the cooperation area of the INTERREG V A Greater Region programme. The INTERREG region covers parts of four EU countries (Germany, Luxembourg, France and Belgium) where the three languages German, French and Luxembourgish are spoken. The area covers an area of 65.401 km² with a population of about 11.4 million.

Project partners

The project involves transparent and collegial cooperation with institutes, social institutions, scientific and strategic project partners.