DOI: 10.21637/GT.2013.1.05.

Children in formal care between 2000 and 2010: core indicators of child protection in selected CEE-countries


Children living without their biological parents are an especially vulnerable group. Preventing such children from entering public care and providing sensitive substitute care programmes are among the mo st challenging tasks of any society. The welfare of children deserves special attention, trends in the use of public care can tell us great deal about levels of social cohesion in society as a whole. Supporting the reform of childcare systems has been a priority for UNICEF in CEE and CIS countries for the last two decades. Countries committed to reforms hightlight the importance of family-based care and of deinstitutionalization. This article aims to analyze the situation of formal care in selected CCE (Central and Eastern European) countries: Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Romania in the context of the core indicators for children in formal care (according the TransMonEE database). This study focuses on two types of formal care: children living in residential or family-based care.

KEYWORDS: child protection, formal care, TransMonEE database, Central and Eastern Europe

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