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.View resource
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.View resource
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.View resource
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.
February 2015 – Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild
An assessment of the attention for deinstitutionalisation for children and the involvement of children’s organisations in the ESIF implementation process across eight EU
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.View resource