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47 member States
Council of Europe calls for deinstitutionalisation of
Albania children with disabilities
Andorra
Armenia
Strasbourg, 04.02.2010 – The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a text
Austria
Azerbaijan
recommending that member states no longer place children with disabilities in
Belgium institutional care and instead give preference to community living.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria There are many concerns about the compatibility of institutional care with the
Croatia exercise of children’s rights. Barring exceptional circumstances, no children
Cyprus should be placed in institutional care. Moreover, institutional provision should be
Czech Republic replaced with community-based services within a reasonable timeframe as part
Denmark of a comprehensive approach.
Estonia
Finland
The Committee of Ministers acknowledges that member states are at very
France
Georgia different stages in this area and that deinstitutionalisation is an on-going, long-
Germany term process. The text therefore underlines the importance of safeguarding the
Greece rights of children with disabilities and vulnerable young adults in institutional care
Hungary throughout the transition process.
Iceland
Ireland Mechanisms should be established to involve children with disabilities and their
Italy families in the process of service development, as they are vital stakeholders.
Latvia
Liechtenstein
The Council of Europe has been active for several years now in defending
Lithuania
Luxembourg
children’s rights and helping to eradicate violence against all children, including
Malta children with disabilities.
Moldova
Monaco It has adopted a ten-year plan for 2006 to 2015 aimed at bringing about a major
Montenegro change in perceptions of people with disabilities and in practices relating to
Netherlands them. A key aspect is protecting and promoting the rights and dignity of children
Norway with disabilities. In addition, one strand of the Building a Europe for and with
Poland Children programme is protecting children against violence.
Portugal
Romania
Several million children and adults with disabilities live in long-term care
Russia
San Marino
institutions in the 47 Council of Europe member states.
Serbia
Slovakia Link to the full text of the recommendation
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
“The former Yugoslav
Republic of
Macedonia”
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom

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