Eurochild: New report on use of ESIF funds for institutionalised children

The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children campaign has released a new report [24 February]  assessing the extent to which EU member states have used European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) to catalyse reforms of child protection systems focused on strengthening families and ending institutional care.

Leading experts in childcare reform met in Brussels at the Opening Doors for Europe’s Children Campaign report launch on the use of European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) in eight EU countries.

MEPs, European Commission officials and CSOs discussed ways in which EU institutions and national civil society can leverage one another to achieve deinstitutionalisation (DI) reforms.

“We don’t want houses that are institutions, we want homes” said MEP Mairead McGuinness (EPP), Vice-President of the European Parliament. “We know that there are economic issues, but we can’t forget about deinstitutionalisation, which is often forgotten and ignored. Institutionalisation is a problem of all Member States and it is not correct to point just at some states. We are all responsible” she concluded.

The report assesses the attention paid to deinstitutionalisation for children and the involvement of children’s organisations in the ESIF implementation process across eight EU Member States.

Full article.

Opening Doors article.

Download the full report: Opening doors for Europe’s children – Are European Structural and Investment Funds opening doors for Europe’s institutionalised children in the 2014-2020 programming period?