EU Child Guarantee and Children's Rights Strategy launched

Date: 8th April 2021
Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

Drawing of a girl with ginger hear and an orange t-shirt holding a briefcase.

These two EU instruments set a clear framework for action by EU countries and institutions, to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights, across all levels of government.

Over 10,000 children and young people were involved in shaping the Child Guarantee and Strategy on the Rights of the Child. The two instruments do the following:

  • The European Child Guarantee provides guidance and tools for Member States to support children in need. It aims to prevent and combat child poverty and social exclusion by supporting Member States efforts to guarantee access to quality key services for children in need, such as: early childhood education and care; education (including school-based activities); a healthy meal each school day and healthcare; and to ensure effective access to healthy nutrition and adequate housing.
  • The EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child reinforces the rights set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It outlines six thematic areas, one specifically focused on child poverty to be delivered through the European Child Guarantee.

Read about the European Child Guarantee and the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child here.