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 Bulgarian government submitted Bulgaria’s Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 5 December.
The Bulgarian Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- Early Childhood Education and Care: expand the network of services and home-visiting care and its connections with other social systems; support for children with learning difficulties.
- Education: Improve referral & admission of migrant children; promote desegregation; support children with learning difficulties; fight bullying and violence
- Health: day psychiatric care, mental health community care and counselling for parents; improve access for children with disabilities and chronic diseases and migrant children.
- Nutrition: support (voucher/card) vulnerable families with children; free lunch for children from disadvantaged families.
- Housing: housing strategy; improve accommodation for migrant children; support to Roma, migrant and children with disabilities.
- Children in Alternative Care: support young care leavers and develop the scope of foster care.
- Other: Digital inclusion (especially in rural areas or children with disabilities).
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 Bulgaria published on 05/12/2022. 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.