'legislative and policy commitments and funding...should be channeled more efficiently...'
From nthe campaign: The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children – a pan-European campaign that advocates for strengthening families and ending institutional care – released 16 country fact sheets about the progress with the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care (also known as deinstitutionalisation) in 2018. The country snapshots cover 12 EU Member States, two EU pre-accession and two EU neighbouring countries.
Evidence reveals steady progress and growing commitment to the transformation of child welfare and child protection services in Europe. However, legislative and policy commitments and funding, including continued EU financial support, should be channeled more efficiently to close the gap between the closure of institutions and the development of a full range of prevention and alternative care options. Through recommendations addressed to the European Union and national governments, the campaign bridges evidence with further actions needed to ensure sustainability of reforms, effective use of funds and better outcomes for children within and outside the EU.
Learn more about key findings and see a full list of 2018 country fact sheets and read recommendations here.