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Europe’s civil society calls on the EU to reinforce and expand its pivotal role towards children’s deinstitutionalisation

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On 20 March 2018, civil society representing over 300 organisations from 25 European countries who work with and for children wmet key EU level stakeholders in Brussels to discuss how the EU can ensure better outcomes for children and their families through the post-2020 EU budget. The event, titled “Maintain, Strengthen, Expand How the EU can support the transition from institutional to family and community-based care in the next MFF”, explored how the EU can retain, reinforce and expand its pivotal role towards children’s deinstitutionalisation and the transformation of child protection systems in Europe.
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Progress in deinstitutionalisation of Europe’s children continues but still far to go

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The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children – a pan-European campaign advocating for strengthening families and ending institutional care – released the 2017 country fact sheets which document steady progress towards deinstitutionalisation (DI) in 16 European countries. However, policy commitments and money should be channelled more efficiently into families and communities, and not institutions, country snapshots reveal. Through recommendations addressed to the European Union and national governments, the campaign bridges evidence with further actions to ensure sustainability of reforms, effective use of funds and better outcomes for more children. 
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