Czechia's Child Guarantee National Action Plan - An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Czech Child Guarantee National Action Plan submitted on 5 December focuses on:
- Education and early years: Expansion of nurseries for children below 3 in the disadvantaged regions; Strengthen the role of mediators and counselling; Increase of social pedagogues, school psychologists and social workers; Expansion of social services at community level; Support to children with learning difficulties.
- Healthcare: Support psychiatric care and deinstitutionalise facilities for children with mental health problems; Increase access to health care for socially excluded localities; early detection; health literacy programmes for people with health risk.
- Nutrition: Provide school meals for vulnerable children (also during distance learning)
- Housing: Legislative proposal to ensure social/affordable housing.
- Children in Alternative Care: Develop preventive and professional services for vulnerable children and families, including community services; reduce the maximum number of children in substitute families; expand foster care; support for young care leavers.
Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Czechia published on 05/12/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements & to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.