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Children and Young People Manifesto on Child Protection in Estonia

June 2017

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.


Ending the era of institutional care in Europe: Call for Action

June 2017
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.


“Looking Back, Looking Forward” 2013-2016 Progress Report

December 2016 

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.


Call to Action to the Bulgarian Government

February 2016 

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”.


Mapping institutional and residential care for children in Greece 

September 2015 – Roots Research Center

 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.


Child Protection System Reform in the Hellenic Republic – Call to Action 

July 2015 – Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild

This policy position paper addresses main issues and offers solutions for the reform of the Child Protection System in Greece.


European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC)

The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) is an evidence-based online platform which was launched in 2013 by the European Commission.  EPIC aims to provide information about policies, programmes or practices that can help children and their families face up to the challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe.


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
Member States.


Deinstitutionalisation and Quality Alternative Care – Lessons learned and the way forward

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.


DI Myth Buster

October 2014 – Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild

This publication gives an overview of the myths related to institutional care and Deinstitutionalisation (DI) – the complex process of replacing a childcare system based on institutional care with a range of family-based alternatives for children and with services which prevent family breakdown.

Hope and Homes for Children and Eurochild


Common European Guidelines on the Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care

November 2012 – European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care

Guidance on implementing and supporting a sustained transition from institutional care to family-based and community-based alternatives for children, persons with disabilities, persons with mental health problems and older persons in Europe.


Toolkit on the Use of European Union Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care

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.


Promoting the Rights of Children in Alternative Care in Europe

November 2012 – Eurochild Annual Conference

Eurochild’s Annual Conference 2012 looked at how the rights of these children can be best protected and promoted. At a time of unprecedented strain on public finances – and on the child protection system – how can we ensure the best interest of the child is at the heart of all decision-making regarding children’s care?


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