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Child Guarantee

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The European Child Guarantee aims to break the cycle of poverty and promote equal opportunities by guaranteeing access to a set of key services for children in need (under 18 year olds at risk of poverty or social exclusion).
The European Child Guarantee  recommends to Member States to provide free and effective access for children in need to:

  •  early childhood education and care – for example, avoid segregated classes;
  •  education and school-based activities – for example, adequate equipment for distance learning, and school trips;
  • at least one healthy meal each school day; and
  • healthcare – for example, facilitating access to medical examinations and health screening programmes.


Additionally children in need should beprovided with effective access to healthy nutrition and adequate housing: For example, children should receive healthy meals also outside of school days, and homeless children and their families should have access to adequate accommodation.

When identifying children in need and designing their national measures, Member States should take into account the specific needs of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those experiencing homelessness, disabilities, those with precarious family situations, a migrant background, a minority racial or ethnic background or those in alternative care.

 

On 24 March the Europan Commisson adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee , which is framed in the new EU Child Rights Strategy.

 

As next step it needs to be adopted by the Council of the European Union, and within six months after its adoption, governments will have to send to the Commission national action plans on how to implement the Guarantee with a 2030 timeframe, aligned on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

In December 2020, 24 ministers signed a Joint Declaration ientitled ‘Overcoming poverty and social exclusion – mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on families – working together to develop prospects for strong children’ already confirming their agreement to a child-focused approach. This declaration was welcomed by COFACE Families Europe in an open letter.

 

The proposal is a milestone which should be used as a catalyst triggering a rethink of national family supports in the EU and putting children and their families at the centre of the COVID-19 recovery plans

The AGF supports the initiative and plans to continue to accompany the process at the national level by approaching the individual topics with a series of expert discussions and discussing what implementation would mean in and for Germany. In 2020 in cooperation with COFACE Families Europe, AGF held an European expert discussion on the process in September. In 2021, AGF wants to start with two talks on the topics "Access to appropriate nutrition" (in cooperation with the "platform ernährung und bewegung") and "Children's access to free medical care and health promotion" (in cooperation with the "Kooperationsverbund Gesundheitliche Chancengleichheit").

 

On this page we want to continously inform about the process of implementing the Child Guarantee

 

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