Slovakia'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 Slovak government submitted Slovakia's Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 9 May.
The Slovak Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- Early Childhood Education and Care: Improving cognitive, emotional and pro-social skills of children, development of care staff capacities and flexible forms of care
- Education: Introduction of inclusive education, implementation of flexible education programmes, development of comprehensive skills and literacy, programmes for Roma students Healthcare: Collection of data on health conditions and inequalities, provision of information on access to health care, strengthening staff qualifications
- Nutrition: Ensuring effective access to a healthy diet
- Housing: Ensuring affordable housing, through Housing First providing accessible housing, promoting the settlement of ownership among Roma people
- Children in Alternative Care: Establishing a network of professional support for children, improving the performance of professional foster care, supporting integration and inclusion of children with disabilities placed in care
Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Slovakia published on 9/05/2023. 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.