European Child Guarantee

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The European Child Guarantee aims to break the cycle of poverty and promote equal opportunities by guaranteeing access to a set of key services for children in need (under 18 year olds at risk of poverty or social exclusion).
The European Child Guarantee  recommends to Member States to provide free and effective access for children in need to:

  •  early childhood education and care – for example, avoid segregated classes;
  •  education and school-based activities – for example, adequate equipment for distance learning, and school trips;
  • at least one healthy meal each school day; and
  • healthcare – for example, facilitating access to medical examinations and health screening programmes.

Additionally children in need should beprovided with effective access to healthy nutrition and adequate housing: For example, children should receive healthy meals also outside of school days, and homeless children and their families should have access to adequate accommodation.

When identifying children in need and designing their national measures, Member States should take into account the specific needs of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those experiencing homelessness, disabilities, those with precarious family situations, a migrant background, a minority racial or ethnic background or those in alternative care.

 In December 2020, 24 ministers signed a Joint Declaration ientitled ‘Overcoming poverty and social exclusion – mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on families – working together to develop prospects for strong children’ already confirming their agreement to a child-focused approach. This declaration was welcomed by COFACE Families Europe in an open letter.

On 24 March 2021 the Europan Commisson adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee , which is framed in the new EU Child Rights Strategy.

On 14 June 2021, the EU Member States decided to introduce a “European Child Guarantee”.

National Action Plan “New Opportunities for Children in Germany
Within six months after the adoption of the Council Recommendation, the governments of the member states were supposed to present national action plans for the implementation of the Child Guarantee. This has been delayed in Germany.

On 5 May 2022, Federal Family Minister Lisa Paus launched the National Action Plan “New Opportunities for Children in Germany”. At the same time, she appointed Ekin Deligöz as National Child Opportunities Coordinator.


The AGF supports the initiative and plans to continue to accompany the process at the national level by approaching the individual topics with a series of expert discussions and discussing what implementation would mean in and for Germany. In 2020 in cooperation with COFACE Families Europe, AGF held an European expert discussion on the process in September. In 2021, AGF started with two talks on the topics “Access to appropriate nutrition” (in cooperation with the “platform ernährung und bewegung”) and “Children’s access to free medical care and health promotion” (in cooperation with the “Kooperationsverbund Gesundheitliche Chancengleichheit”). In 2022 the expert discussions continued with  the topics “Early childhood education and care, education and inclusion” and “Adequate housing”.

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Reports on AGF expert discussions

Some important documents:

Further articles on AGF website