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.
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.
June 2014 – European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care
This toolkit aims to explain how EU funds can support national, regional and local authorities in designing and implementing structural reforms aimed at facilitating the development of quality family-based and community-based alternatives to institutional care.