Calls for Proposals and Tenders - Quality Alternative Care for Children and De-Institutionalisation

The European Commission intends to support initiatives to prevent family and child separation, take children out of harmful institutions and provide appropriate and quality alternative care for those deprived of parental care. These initiatives should be based on a careful assessment and determination of their best interests, according to the UN’s 2009 Guidelines for the alternative care of children. The aim, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions; and Target 16.2: Ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children) is to reach the most vulnerable children left behind and in need of such care. The global objective of this call for proposals is to ensure better outcomes for children by ensuring better implementation of the UN's Guidelines for the alternative care of children in their entirety, so that children enjoy equal chances to reach their full potential in societies.

The specific objective of this call for proposals is to provide quality care for children through the following priorities:

 Enabling governments to provide and take control of quality alternative care provision to children who are deprived of parental care, in line with UN's Guidelines on alternative care of children and/or

 Regulating and monitoring the quality of the alternative care solutions provided to children who are deprived of parental care and/or

 Supporting the transition from institutional to community-based care and

 Preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families. The action will help public national and local authorities to reform their alternative care systems and implement existing legislation in order to build stronger child protection systems.

In addition, the proposals should take into account the following working principles:

a. Focus on impact, outcome, specific and measurable results which make a concrete difference in the lives of children.

b. Apply a systems-approach to child protection as defined in EU’s Guidelines on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, cf. page 4.

c. Design and implement actions according to a Rights-Based Approach9 . Please see section 2.1.4 "Eligible actions: actions for which an application may be made" for additional information on the Right-Based Approach methodology.

d. Tackle, whenever relevant, inter-sectional discrimination faced by boys and girls from underserved groups and suffering from various layers of discrimination, such as internallydisplaced and migrants, members of ethnic or religious groups, etc. or discrimination due to age, disability or sexual orientation. e. For any organisation or group that works with children or young people, have a clear set of guidelines about how they will keep children safe and respond to child protection concerns. Therefore, applicants and co-applicants working directly with or for children should demonstrate in their proposals that a child protection policy is in place for any project activities that involve interactions with children10 .

f. Be evidence-based and use robust monitoring and evaluation methods, operational research and disseminate results and lessons learned to facilitate opportunities for replications and expansions and ensure optimal use of results and resources.

g. Ensure sustainability and appropriation of the action by involving in the designing and implementation of the activities a public national or local authority in charge of child welfare.

 

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