Belgium's Child Guarantee National Action Plan – An overview
2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children's rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children's rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Belgian Child Guarantee National Action Plan submitted on 6 May focuses on:
- Early Childhood Education and Care and education: remove (non-)financial access barriers; support children with learning difficulties; prioritise access to vulnerable children when needed; provide teaching materials and digital resources.
- Health care: early detection and treatment of illnesses and developmental issues, including mental health.
- Nutrition: ensure at least one healthy meal each day, also outside school days.
- Housing: prioritise children and families in need; ensure quick transition from temporary to permanent housing.
- Children in Alternative Care: take into account the best interests of the child and individual needs when placing children in institutions or foster families; ensure the transition of children from institutional care to quality community/family care
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Belgium published on 06/05/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements & to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.