New UNICEF reports calls for the European Union to strengthen funding for transition from institutional to community-based care.

9 August 2018

In its new report “Ending institutionalisation and strengthening family and community-based care for children in Europe and beyond”, UNICEF strongly advocates for an increase commitment to de-institutionalisation in the next EU Budget ‘Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 and calls for 10 specific actions:

  1. Preserve the principles that are already attached to the EU Structural and Investment Funds;
  2. Prioritize the transition to community-based care in all EU funds;
  3. Prioritize the transition to family and community-based care in all external EU action;
  4. Mainstream family and community-based care into every relevant EU policy area, and champion socially inclusive care in the post-Cotonou framework, the European Consensus on Development; and the Agenda 2030.
  5. Strengthen the monitoring of these rules and policies at all stages of deinstitutionalisation and development of community-based services (not only at the regulatory level) by involving civil society, service users and all relevant stakeholders and by using improved data collection in this process.
  6. Clarify that the purpose of EU conditionalities that prohibit institutionalisation are not just to end poverty but achieve social inclusion and protection of human rights.
  7. Strengthen existing rules on funding so that they are applicable to all EU internal policies and all EU Member States.
  8. Use a coherent rights-based approach in allocating EU Funds and in defining EU policies.
  9. Champion international discussions on deinstitutionalisation and convince other donors to prioritise this issue.
  10. Fund socially inclusive actions in the next Multi-Annual FinancialFramework, including:
  • Deinstitutionalisation and strengthening child protection systems;
  • Family support;
  • Early childhood development;
  • Inclusive education
  • Health and social services; and
  • Quality alternative care including appropriate training.

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