Children in care have the right to wellbeing
On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day, CNAPE, the federation of associations for child protection in France, which is Eurochild national partner network in France, appeals for children’s right to well-being. The federation aims to promote the right to well-being as an ambition for all children in care and those who come into contact with child protection systems.
Reforms in child protection legislation have put a spotlight on the fundamental needs to ensure well-being of children in care.
Having identified the practices in child protection centres and services, CNAPE led a study which delivered a number of recommendations. The report identifies various factors that determine well-being: living conditions; rights and obligations; society and social relations; education and training; recognition and representation of childhood; broader environment including political, governmental arena.
Evolution of child protection must be met with improvements of the systems. Perceptions in society and their focus on childhood must change through positive communication, and must engage all actors – parents, families, civil society and public authorities.