European Child Guarantee is adopted

Date: 8th July 2021
Category: Child poverty

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The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) unanimously adopted the European Commission’s proposal for a European Child Guarantee. The Guarantee aims to prevent and combat child poverty and social exclusion, and to foster equal opportunities for children and young people in need.

The European Child Guarantee is the first EU-level policy instrument aiming to address disadvantage and exclusion in childhood, with a view to break future cycles of disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion.

It provides concrete guidance to authorities to guarantee effective and non-discriminatory access to a set of key services, like education, healthcare, housing and healthy nutrition to children.

Following the adoption of the Guarantee, each member state must nominate a National Child Guarantee Coordinator.