Nidos is the national (family)guardianship organization for unaccompanied minors in the Netherlands. Nidos is responsible, inter alia, for minors who arrive in the Netherlands without their parents or legal guardian. It asks for guardianship of unaccompanied minors at the juvenile court, immediately upon arrival of an unaccompanied minor in the Netherlands. An employee of Nidos that assists an unaccompanied minor directly is called “youth protector”. All youth protectors have a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.

In case a guardian or representative wants to pass on relevant information about the care of an unaccompanied minor coming to the Netherlands, he or she can approach the head office of Nidos directly to transmit the information. Nidos can also be approached in case a guardian/representative is looking for someone to assess the educational situation at a relative of an unaccompanied minor.


Nidos (head office)
Germa Lourens
Maliebaan 99
3581 CH Utrecht
Tel. 0031.30.2391200
Fax: 0031.30.2391290

Child Protection Board (head office)
Turfmarkt 147
2511 DP Den Haag
Tel.: 0031.30.8882400