Eurochild response to Commission consultation on EU guidance on integrated child protection systems

Eurochild believes that an integrated child protection system should be based on community and family support services

In March 2014, the European Commission launched a consultation aiming to gather contributions from stakeholders to support the development of an EU guidance on integrated child protection systems.

In its response, Eurochild emphasises that child protection systems must build on and relate to enabling services that address the structural causes which might lead children to be in need of protection, such as poverty and disadvantage, and provide support to children and families in finding coping strategies.

The preventative dimension of health, education and care, and social and welfare services is crucial to ensuring a protective environment for children and respect for their rights. There is strong evidence that investing in prevention and early intervention brings benefits not only to children but to society as a whole.

Our response and key messages can be found here.