Slovenia'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 Slovenian government submitted Slovenia's Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 26 April.
The Slovenian Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- Early Childhood Education and Care: Reduction of kindergarten fees
- Education: Further inclusion of Roma children, greater attention to the individuality of pupils, introduction of Slovenian sign language, equal access to (extra-)curricular activities and a digitalisation of education
- Healthcare: Setting up a preventive health care programme, strengthening mental health, upgrading care services
- Nutrition: Improving the quality of nutrition and raising awareness on healthy nutrition, restricting the marketing of unhealthy foods
- Housing: Providing additional housing units under the Housing First system
- Children in Alternative Care: Promoting deinstitutionalisation strategies and upgrading the professional support for foster carers
- Other: Strengthening safeguarding factors in families, establishing a systemic form of accommodation for unaccompanied minors, increasing social inclusion programs for vulnerable children and families
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 Slovenia published on 26/04/2023. 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.