As Estonia takes upon the presidency of the council of the European Union on 1 July 2017, children and young people with alternative care experience develop a manifesto where they call on Estonian government to prioritise child care system reform more explicitly. In a “Children and Young People Manifesto on Child Protection in Estonia”, children and young people urge Estonian government to take concrete steps towards the delivery of a child protection reform that ensure best interests and needs of each child.
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.
The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign supported this call by the Coalition ‘Childhood 2025’ on the Bulgarian Government to move forward with deinstitutionalisation in Bulgaria. Members of the Coalition expressed their wish for active inclusion and participation at all levels of the process of elaboration and implementation of the Action Plan for the period of 2016-2020 in regard to the implementation of the National strategy “Vision for the deinstitutionalisation of children in Bulgaria”.
October 2014 – Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild
Children without parental care continue to be placed in institutional care across Europe – environments that are utterly inappropriate for their emotional, physical, intellectual and social development. Much progress has been made in recent decades and several EU countries have taken steps to dismantle their institutional care systems. However, institutional care for children is still a reality in many member states, pre-accession countries and neighbouring countries. Much more must be done to end institutional care in Europe once and for all.