Strengthening Families, Ending Institutional Care: Recommendations to the European Union on post-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework

The negotiations for the next Multiannual Financial Framework present a unique opportunity for the EU to champion the transition from institutional to family and community-based care as a human rights cause. The role of the EU in the next programming period will be crucial for the national governments to follow through on their commitments and to ensure that children grow up in inclusive, prosperous societies. Read  Opening Doors for Europe’s Children recommendations to the EU on post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework.

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2017 Country Factsheets

The 2017 country factsheets provide an update on the status of child protection and care reforms from 16 European countries that are the focus of Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign in Phase II. The evidence focuses on policies that regulate deinstitutionalisation and prevention of child abandonment; engagement of civil society; existing know-hows; access to community-based services, and use of EU funds. 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 children.

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Turkey’s Services for Children-in-need: A short analysis

In Turkey, services for children in need of protection has traditionally been carried out via family and community-based services with the contributions of civil society. The process of de-institutionalization started in 2005. Since then, the Government has made great efforts to close the institutional model by replacing it with children’s homes, foster family and adoption models. In the last decade, returning to the biological families with the financial support given, the number of children staying in institutional care has been reduced significantly.

This report by Hayat Sende provides a comprehensive summary of the situation and the way ahead for the Turkish child protection system.

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Campaign Video – Phase II

Hundreds of thousands of children across Europe are growing up in institutional care. The consequences are devastating for children and families and deliver a heavy cost to society in the long term. Poverty, disability and discrimination are often the underlying cause of children being separated from their parents. Strengthening families and communities – so that they can look after their own children – must be a first priority.

As a pan-European campaign, we advocate for a broad range of quality alternative care options that avoid harmful effects of institutionalisation for children and provide a protective environment that would enable their normal living within the communities. We achieve this by promoting the transition from institutional to the family- and community-based care, also known as deinstitutionalisation (DI).

We asked 16 national coordinators and 5 international partners of the campaign: what can Europe do to keep children out of harmful institutions and to ensure that they grow up where they belong: in their families and communities? Find out their answers from this video.

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