How the economic and financial crisis is affecting children & young people in Europe

Janeiro 31, 2013 às 1:00 pm | Publicado em A criança na comunicação social, Estudos sobre a Criança, Relatório | Deixe um comentário
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The stark evidence set out in this report shows that the circumstances of children and families across Europe have seriously deteriorated compared with Eurochild’s previous analysis of the situation in 2011. Despite greater recognition of children as independent rights holders in recent political statements of the European Union1, the downward trend, jeopardising the respect of children’s human rights is evident in all three pillar areas of the forthcoming European Commission ‘Recommendation on Child Poverty and Child Well-being’: access to adequate resources; access to quality services; and children’s participation.

Key messages:

 When social protection systems are undermined, it is the most vulnerable groups who are most affected, among them children. Recognising the indivisibility and universality of human rights, support to the poorest and solidarity in times of crisis is essential. There is no price tag on respect for the human rights of children: social protection is about ensuring everyone a dignified life.

Access to preventive support services, health care and education that are affordable, available and of good quality is an investment in the future, not a cost. The denial to children of access to these universal rights ultimately results in their recourse to intensive, specialised rehabilitation services. The social cost of addressing the consequences of exclusion, homelessness, poor physical or mental health and abuse is very high. If children grow up in poverty, their well-being today, their life chances tomorrow, and society’s future will be irreversibly damaged.

EU policy and funding mechanisms should be directed at tackling child poverty and promoting child well-being at all levels. In particular, the Structural Funds should be used to support children and families, by establishing sustainable services in the community, providing early intervention mechanisms, and creating good quality alternative care placements.

 

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