A year ago today, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ which explicitly calls on EU member states to make use of Structural Funds to stop the expansion of institutional care for children and promote quality family-based care.
A year on, we have already seen some tangible progress.
Deinstitutionalisation is now explicitly mentioned as a priority for the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, among others and the Commission has issued a Code of Conduct requiring member states to consult with civil society over the planning and spending of Structural Funds.
All the conditions now exist for DI to happen. Through the Opening Doors campaign we will continue to keep deinstitutionalisation high on the agenda in Brussels and continue to advocate at national level to ensure that funding is secured, civil society is an active partner and that the Government is invested in ending institutional care in their country.