Children's views shape EU Child Guarantee and Children's Rights Strategy

Date: 25th March 2021
Category: General measures of implementation, Budgeting, Awareness-raising, Child rights indicators, Training

Illustration shows adults making sure money is invested in children's rights (represented by a giant piggy bank)

Over 10,000 children and young people have participated in a consultation to shape the EU’s upcoming Child Guarantee and Strategy on the Rights of the Child.

To prepare the new strategy, the European Commission called on Eurochild, UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision and Child Fund Alliance to ensure child participation in a future that concerns them.

As a result, over 10,000 children and young people across Europe and beyond replied to the consultation. The findings were presented by children themselves during the launch event on 23rd February in a closed meeting with the EU Commission.

Key findings of the report include:

  • One in five children feel unhappy and anxious for the future
  • One in 10 children said they have mental health problems or symptoms such as depression or anxiety
  • One in three experienced discrimination or exclusion
  • 88% of children and young people are aware of climate change

To read the full report, click here.