The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) have released their latest document “Ending institutionalization and strengthening family and community-based care for children in Europe and beyond” with a call for policymakers to assist in the transition from institutional to community-based care.
Developed in consultation with a wide variety of civil society groups, including EASPD and the European Expert Group on Transition from Institutional to Community Based Care (EEG), of which EASPD is a member, the document was presented to policy-makers at the high-level event “Family and Community Based Care for Children across Europe: Lessons Learned and Commitments for Action at National and EU Levels.”
The document highlights the importance of transitioning children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups from institutions to family- and community-based care. In its closing remarks the document recommends a number key actions the European Union should take, in its development of the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027, to strengthen its efforts to end the institutionalisation of all children.
These actions include:
- Preserving the principles that are already attached to the EU Structural and Investment Funds - the so-called “ex ante conditionality 9.1” which require national deinstitutionalisation plans and prevent the use of the ESI funds for building or maintaining institutions;
- Prioritising the transition to community-based care in all EU funds;
- Mainstreaming family and community-based care into every relevant EU policy area, and champion socially inclusive care and;
- Funding socially inclusive actions in the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
To read the document in full click here.