Deep Dive into the European Child Guarantee - Croatia
This in-depth analysis provides the basis for the European Child Guarantee National Action Plan in Croatia
The European Commission has partnered with the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (UNICEF ECARO) to test how the European Child Guarantee could work in practice and provide recommendations for its successful design and implementation. As part of this engagement, UNICEF ECARO has been working since July 2020 with national and local governments from seven EU Member States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain) and key national and local stakeholders in these countries. Part of this support has included the development of 'policy deep dive' country studies.
The deep dives are designed to provide the information and evidence base that governments need for the development of evidence-informed European Child Guarantee National Action Plans. The overall objective of this deep dive is to support Croatia to design, implement, and evaluate its European Child Guarantee National Action. This research analyses policies, services, budgets, and mechanisms to address children’s service access barriers and unmet needs in the thematic areas of the ECG: early childhood education and care, education, nutrition, healthcare and housing.
There are three reports as part of this deep dive. A policy brief brings together all the findings from the research. It has been designed to help governments to identify the children who should be prioritized in the Croatian National Action Plan and to recommend the policy measures that need to be put in place at national, regional and local levels to complement existing policy measures that have been effective in providing positive outcomes for children. In addition, the policy brief identifies, compiles and recommends indicators that could be used to monitor and evaluate the impact of the European Child Guarantee and recommendations on how to address the identified gaps in data.
Furthermore, a literature review analyses how national and sub-national policies, programmes, systems, processes and mechanisms have helped to address child poverty in Croatia, with a particular focus on, especially disadvantaged children. It is accompanied as well by an additional main deep-dive report on specific initiatives to reduce poverty and social exclusion among children, with detailed recommendations for the full implementation of the European Child Guarantee in Croatia.