Leave No Child Behind: Families Not Institutions

27 June 2018

On the 15th June 2018, we attended an event at the European Commission titled “No Child Left Behind: Families Not Institutions”. This event was held by the Commission’s DG ECHO, DG DEVCO and Lumos.

It aimed to bring awareness to the importance of family-based services and the impact institutions have on children.

In fact, most of the children placed in closed institutions are not orphans: it can be due to poverty, disability, humanitarian crises, migration or trafficking, lack of quality alternative care options and affordable treatment, a combination of the former and many more: the list is long. Consequently, those children often face abuse and degrading treatments.

There were numerous speakers – including J.K. Rowling, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development Neven Mimica, Prince of Jordan Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein and journalist Sophie Morgan.

The conference stressed the importance of family-based services for all children. The notion of family must be extensively broadened to include friends and relatives who have a positive and strong impact on the lives of children. On the long-term, community-based need the main, the only model available. This model must be spread all over the world by the European Union to tackle institutionalization.

EDF fully supports the initiative taken by the European Commission and Lumos. Deinstitutionalization, is an issue we have advocated for a long time. More information on EDF activities on deinstitutionalization is available here.

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