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Institutional care should only be used as a last resort, says the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report in Serbia


On 3 February 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its verdict on the state of children’s rights in the Republic of Serbia. In the concluding observations regarding implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Committee commented on the progress achieved since the last reporting period, but also noted that some recommendations from 2008 have not been fully implemented.
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From institutions to community: Spain reflects on the model of care for children


Changing the model of care provision for vulnerable children from an institutional care model to a community model is the aim of a series of seminars organised by FEDAIA, the Federation of Care and Education Institutions for Children and Adolescents in Catalonia, Spain. Three seminars and a technical meeting under the title “Cycle Tribuna FEDAIA 2017” will be held during 2017 where different points related to the central axis of this change of care model will be explored in relation to children and families at risk of social exclusion.
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Training of professionals working with children in care is the first step to promote community living in Greece, says campaign’s National Coordinator


greece_training_january2017On 31 January 2016, Opening Doors for Europe’s Children National Coordinator in Greece, Roots Research Centre, organised a seminar for professionals working with children in care at Heraklion Crete. Four-hour training “Relationship and communication with adopted and foster children” for professionals from eight residential units in Crete, including psychologists, social workers and educators, was facilitated by Tatiana Gorny, graduate in psychology and education of children with autism from the Roots Research Centre and Marilou Chatziskouli, social anthropology graduate, mental health counsellor and scientific adviser to the organisation on alternative care.

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Poverty remains a Europe-wide cause of children’s institutionalisation, campaign’s latest fact sheets reveal


The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children – a pan-European campaign advocating for strengthening families and ending institutional care – has released a new generation of country fact sheets, following the launch of a campaign’s next phase. The latest country snapshots look at the evidence on deinstitutionalisation (DI) and status of care reforms in 15 European countries across EU member states, pre-accession countries and countries within the EU neighbourhood. For 2016 data collection, Austria, Belgium and Spain were targeted as the new national partners in Phase II, in addition to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine that were focus of the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children Phase I and had earlier 2015 and 2014 versions of the fact sheets produced.
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Why it is crucial to end orphanage-style care systems in Europe


Strengthening families and tackling child poverty goes hand-in-hand with ending institutional care for children, writes Jana Hainsworth for Euractiv.

As you return to your families to celebrate Christmas, take a few minutes to consider this. Hundreds of thousands of children across Europe are growing up, away from their families, in institutional care.
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