Bulgarian institutions graded with Average 2.88 for their childcare policies and practices

Bulgarian institutions received the lowest grade in 7 years from National Network for Children in its “Report Card: What is the Average Government Score for Childcare?”.

This is the lowest grade in the last 7 years in which the National Network for Children Bulgaria has been preparing its monitoring paper. The document evaluates whether the government and administration have fulfilled their commitments to the children in the previous year. This alternative monitoring report critically and independently presents the civil society’s point of view on child policies. It includes recommendations for improving the present policies and practices of the institutions. The state efforts regarding childcare are evaluated through 25 state commitments in 5 areas: General Principals under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Healthcare, Education and Justice.

According to experts, the most alarming tendencies during last years are: the lack of progress in the efforts for reducing child poverty; systematic problems in the social area and system for child protection; the lack of specific policy supporting families and parents; insufficient coordination between institutions; the slow speed of the reform in the system for juvenile justice and insufficient investments in support of professionals, working with children – social and healthcare workers, teachers, judges, etc.

The lowest grade in the report was received by the area Family Environment and Alternative Care – Average 2,53, followed by General Principals under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with Average 2,60 and Justice with Average 2,79. On the next place is Education with Average 3,02. The highest grade is for Healthcare with Average 3,19.

Since the last year, National Network for Children has been preparing the so called ‘Little Report Card’ based on the experience and opinion of children, youth, parents and professionals working with children. The most common opinion is that there is a huge gap between people and the state and more people-friendly attitude from the institutions and less bureaucracy are needed.

The 2018 Report Card was presented simultaneously in Sofia and 8 other cities with the participation of local organizations members of the National Network for Children.

Read the 2018 Report Card in English (PDF)