Spain'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 Spanish Child Guarantee National Action Plan submitted on 12 April focuses on:
- Increase the number of public places in early education and prioritise free access for students at risk of poverty or social exclusion, particularly in rural areas.
- Increase public education spending to a 5% of GDP by 2030.
- Reinforce social protection prioritising the most vulnerable children.
- Expand health service coverage (especially in mental health and ophthalmology).
- Promote of foster care and the transformation of residential centers.
- Increase public housing and prioritise access to families with children and adolescents.
- Implement mechanisms for child and youth participation in public policies and services.
In January, Eurochild also released a set of recommendations for the Spanish Child Guarantee National Action Plan.
Despite the deadline on 15 March, only 11 EU Member States have released their National Action Plan at the time of publishing of this overview. 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 Spain published on 11/07/2022. 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 and to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.