The Child Guarantee Action Plan will help Romania reduce social exclusion and child poverty, providing children access to key services

31 October 2023
A group of adolescents are seen from above joining hands in solidarity.
UNICEF/Alex Nicodim

Bucharest, 31 October 2023. UNICEF welcomes the adoption by the Government of the National Action Plan for the implementation of the Child Guarantee in Romania. As almost half children in Romania are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, the adoption of the Action Plan to implement the EU Child Guarantee is an important step forward to protect the most vulnerable by guaranteeing them access to quality and free or affordable services.

Through the Child Guarantee action plan, Romania has committed to reduce the number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion by at least 500,000 by 2030, substantially contributing to the overall EU target of 5 million children. The vulnerable groups that will be supported through this plan are: children affected by poverty and social exclusion, children living in rural areas, children with disabilities, Roma Children, children from migrant families, underage mothers and other vulnerable children – including street children and children who are victims of various form of abuse.

UNICEF has played a crucial role at EU level in the process of development of the Child Guarantee recommendation, including through its partnership with the European Commission to support seven pilot countries in the testing phase of the Child Guarantee. In Romania, UNICEF provided technical assistance in both the development of the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children Rights 2022-2027 and in the development of the National Action Plan for the Child Guarantee.

The Child Guarantee offers a unique opportunity for investing in accessible and quality services to counter poverty and social exclusion and to prioritize urgent measures for vulnerable children such as children from rural areas, children with disabilities, Roma children and underage mothers,” said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Representative in Romania. “We thank the institutional and civil society partners with whom UNICEF has worked to develop the action plan and remain committed to supporting the implementation of the plan”.

The National Action Plan is developed as Romania's response to the EU Recommendation on the establishment of a European Child Guarantee, adopted in 2021, the main objective of which is to improve the quality of life of children belonging to the most vulnerable groups by ensuring their access to basic services.

According to the recommendation, the overall goal of the Child Guarantee is to “prevent and combat social exclusion by guaranteeing access of children in need to a set of key services, thereby also contributing to upholding the rights of the child by combating child poverty and fostering equal opportunities”. All member states will have to work to reach the goals of the Child Guarantee recommendation, but an additional effort is requested to those with the highest rates of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Romania has the highest rate among the EU members.

The Romanian National Action Plan for the implementation of the Child Guarantee recommendation includes 59 concrete measures, divided in seven general objectives: increase the level of children’s participation in making decisions that concern them; reduce poverty and social exclusion among children; improving children’s health; increasing the participation of children in quality inclusive education; developing mechanisms to protect children against violence; ensuring children’s access to digital public services in safe conditions; developing evidence-based policy design capacity.

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