The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign calls on the EU to reinforce its support for national reforms of the child protection systems, in particular, to promote appropriate allocation and spending of EU funds for deinstitutionalisation reforms and to improve existing regulations, such as the ex-ante conditionality on the transition from institutional to community-based care and implementation of the European Code of Conduct on Partnership.
The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children progress report reflects on campaign’s achievements towards making a positive difference for hundreds of thousands of children across Europe during Phase I. With larger partnership and extended geography, it describes campaign’s transition into the second phase which is expected to run until the end of 2018.
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform which was launched in 2013 by the European Commission. EPIC aims to provide information about policies, programmes or practices that can help children and their families face up to the challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe.
July 2015 – Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild
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This policy position paper addresses main issues and offers solutions for the reform of the Child Protection System in Greece.
In an effort to better understand the situation of children in institutional care, Roots Research Centre, national coordinator of the Opening Doors campaign in Greece has conducted the first nation-wide mapping of institutional and residential care in the country. The study found that Greece has a patchwork of public and private institutions and residential care with little or no oversight of quality and no monitoring of the numbers of children and what happens to them.
In April 2016, the National Network for Children – national coordinator of the “Opening Doors for Europe’s Children” in Bulgaria released good and bad practices on the use of EU funds towards reforms in deinstitutionalization (DI). The document looks at the “Vision for Deinstitutionalisation of Children in Bulgaria” as an example of good practice; it provides an overview of the negative practice on the use of EU funds towards implementing DI in health and social protection sectors, as well as identifies obstacles related to the EU funds spending rules and regulations.