New Action Plan for Deinstitutionalisation in Croatia


Croatia updated its Action Plan on Deinstitutionalisation (DI). In December 2018, the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy published a document “Deinstitutionalisation, Transformation and Prevention of Institutionalisation 2018-2020” on its website. The new Operational Plan for Deinstitutionalisation of Children and Adults was a long-awaited regulation which was developed in 2017 in cooperation with the World Bank and was expected to be launched in July 2018. 
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Home stretch for deinstitutionalisation reform in Bulgaria


In September 2018, Bulgaria began implementation of a two-year project “Continuing support for deinstitutionalisation of children and young people”. This EU-funded intervention under operational programme “Human Resource Development” will be realised by the Agency for Social Assistance in partnership with the State Agency for Child Protection, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the Ministry of Education and Science. It is expected that upon completion, all old-type institutions for children will be closed.
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New Serbian Prime Minister Brnabic highlights importance of deinstitutionalisation in the keynote speech


MODS − the network of organisations for children of Serbia and national coordinator of the Opening Doors campaign in Serbia − expressed its satisfaction regarding the fact that the new Serbian Prime Minister Ms Ana Brnabic gave due prominence to the child rights protection in her Keynote Speech. Specifically, the Prime Minister declared that the Government will give priority to measures regarding improving the situation of children, including the transformation of residential care institutions and the development of community-based services.
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