Ensuring the European Child Guarantee helps end child poverty: Eurochild Taskforce Recommendations
EUROCHILD CHILD GUARANTEE TASKFORCE COUNTRY REPORTS
The European Child Guarantee is an initiative that guarantees children in need access to key services to prevent and combat poverty and social exclusion. EU Member States are expected to submit their National Action Plans in mid-March 2022 outlining how they will implement it up to 2030.
These 6 country reports include recommendations for the design and implementation of the Child Guarantee National Action Plans in Bulgaria; Germany; Greece; Ireland; Italy; and Spain.
This report is based on assessments provided by 6 Eurochild Taskforce members: National Network of Children (NNC Bulgaria); The German Children’s Fund (Germany); The Smile of the Child (Greece); Children’s Rights Alliance (Ireland); Fondazione L’Albero della Vita (Italy); Plataforma de Organizaciones de Infancia (Spain).
Key Recommendations for Child Guarantee National Action Plans:
- National Coordinators must have the necessary resources to accomplish their role and must involve children and relevant stakeholders
- EU Member States need to give priority to the children most in need and identify gaps in key services
- Collaboration across Ministries is key to effective design and implementation
- National frameworks are essential for data collection, and monitoring and evaluation must involve stakeholders
- Targets must be included and should be quantitative (numbers of targeted children in need) and qualitative (indicators on the quality of key services provided)
- Budgets should be transparent and stipulate: the policy measure; location; timeline; and the number of children who will benefit from it
- Children, civil society and regional, local and other relevant authorities should participate in all phases.