Child's i Foundation amongst 23 organisations guiding EU to make sure children grow up in families
We are delighted to share with you that Child's i Foundation is amongst 23 other organisations, guiding the EU on how to include children’s right to family- and community-based care in the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child.
Millions of children around the world live in institutions - residential special schools, reception centres and so-called “orphanages”.
Institutions expose children to a catalogue of human rights abuses and enhanced risk of violence. Most of these institutions are unable to meet children's needs.
Institutional settings are a breach of human rights enshrined in many international policy and legal instruments. This includes the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
All EU Member States are parties to these policies. In the case of the UNCRPD, the EU itself is a party. Moreover, the EU has committed to the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care (also known as deinstitutionalisation) in several policy initiatives and funding instruments.
The upcoming EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child presents a unique opportunity to further mainstream children’s rights and to strongly reaffirm the EU’s commitment to the transition from institutional to family- and community-based care for children across its internal and external policies and instruments. The European Commission intends to publish it in 2021.
To effectively protect the rights of all children and implement the 2019 UN Resolution on the Rights of the Child, the vulnerable and often invisible group of children living in institutions or at risk of being institutionalised must not be forgotten in the strategy.
To download the Joint Recommendations for the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child paper, click below.