AuthorVan Hove, G.; Gradinaru, C.; Morabito, C.; De Schauwer E.; Mattelin, E.
Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee (FSCG) Children’s Voices
The Voice of Children’s study has been organised within the Feasibility Study for a Child
Guarantee (FSCG) in the form of focus groups with 35 European children, aged between 9
and 17, in four countries: Belgium for children with disabilities; Italy for children li ving in
precarious family situations; Romania for children residing in an institution; and Sweden
for children with a migrant background (including refugee child ren).
The primary objective of the consultation with chil dren was to conduct a ‘reality check’ on
the analysis carried out within the framework of the Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee
initiative, to confirm the findings, identifying any gaps or emerging issues not easily
identifiable through research methods used by the FSCG experts. It also aimed at advising
how child participation can integrate the development and delivery of a future Child
Guarantee initiative.
Children generally confirmed the findings of the experts’ analysis, whil e also enriching the
discussion with original themes and proposals. In particular, chil dren across the focus
groups hi ghlighted the importance of promoting the universality of services as the best
way to ensure children’s access to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), education,
nutrition, health and housing. Universality mu st be accompani ed by additional resources
for chil dren in need (e.g. economicall y disadvantaged or with disabilities). Children also
outlined that access might not suffice to ensure their wellbeing and avoid social and cultural
rejection: quality must also be present. For children, quality means inclusion, or the
capacity of services to understand individual difficulties in terms of learning trajectories,
health or socio-emotional development and respond positi vely to specific needs.

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