Humans of the Child Guarantee
Testing the Child Guarantee with the Aim of Ending Child Poverty and Social Exclusion for all Children in Europe
Here are the #HumansoftheEUChildGuarantee, they are the children, young people, their families and caregivers. They are the frontline workers and the faces behind the #EUChildGuarantee, working tirelessly to ensure that the most disadvantaged and excluded children across Europe can access quality, inclusive basic services and have equal opportunities in life.
They are specialists working at local and municipal levels to pilot innovative approaches, models and services aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. They are the ones making the EU Child Guarantee a reality, one child at a time. Learn more about their hopes and aspirations on this blog which unites and amplifies the voices of children and young people benefitting from the #EUChildGuarantee and all those working to make this initiative a reality .
Foster care, Italy
“I’ve been involved in an entrepreneurship programme. I remember they asked me what I could do. Generally, we never reflect on what are we capable of, in that moment I realized I am really qualified, there’s a lot I can do, I can overcome everything. The most important thing is moving ahead and never stopping on our educational path. This allows us to break barriers, to face difficulties and to build the future we imagined when we left our country”.
With a foster family you have more intimate relationships. You have human beings around you who care about you all the time,” Momo says. “With Stefano and Giovanna, it’s 24/7. They treat me like a son.”
Stefano, foster parent, smiles: “What’s strange is, what we are doing should be normal.”
“We have very good memories with Barrake, such as the celebration of his last birthday. It was really important for us to share with him a part of our path. We really hope he feels the same and he will bring this experience with him.”
“Since the [COVID-19] emergency started here in Italy, my days have changed. But what makes this period bearable is the fact that I am spending it with my trusted family. Sometimes we play with cards to spend some time together or watch films together. Right now, if you ask me what I'm missing the most, my answer is nothing, I always have my foster parents close.”
Home visiting, Bulgaria
“I realize referring mothers to medical examinations so that their baby can be helped as quickly as possible can change the course of a family’s life."
I really wish other parents in a similar situation to ours not to go through all this – going back and forth, looking for specialists and support to understand why Galin is different and then – how to help him in the best way to overcome his difficulties, and develop his potential as quickly as possible. I wish there was a system, a systematic approach to comprehensive support for us, as parents, and for the child – in his or her natural environment, at home and in kindergarten”.
Frontline workers, Croatia
“I am currently working on creating comics that will accompany the workshops for parents living in particularly difficult circumstances, In this way, we will be able to bring the aim of the workshops closer to parents, further educate them and enable them to transfer the gained experiences into knowledge that they will be able to use in everyday life with their children. I thank UNICEF and everyone involved for allowing us to step out of our normal, everyday activities and grow together for the benefit of the community, and most of all for children.”
“When we talk about early intervention, we should start with pregnant women. In the large Roma settlement of Kuršanec, I regularly meet pregnant women of the Roma community who are often not sufficiently aware of the importance of regular prenatal check-ups, but also later about the need for regular check-ups of their children whose needs should be identified, depending on their development and age. Therefore, we work on their empowerment, on facilitating access to experts in various fields, and on the development of their competences.
We are working on recognizing the needs of children and their families, regardless of the conditions they live in. We provide them with an environment in which they can develop their potential and, most importantly, where they can confidently discuss challenges and problems and get the support they need.”
"In preparing each activity, I pay special attention to the goal that no child, regardless of the conditions in which she or he lives, feels excluded or feels that he or she is not able to do something or participate in an activity. This is why I try to design activities that parents can continue doing with their children at home and which involve the entire family. In doing so, I always make sure to use materials that are available to everyone, such as paper and a pencil.
About how much the ‘Let's Go Together’ ECEC Play Hub and the toy library means to the community and how parents have accepted it can perhaps best be illustrated by the example of one dad who several times immediately after coming home from work hurried to bake pancakes so he could bring them to the Hub for everyone there."