(Berlin) – In light of the current energy crisis, federal, state and local authorities must do everything they can to ensure that families get through the winter safely and that the gap between children in Germany does not widen. This is what UNICEF Germany and the German Children’s Fund are demanding before the federal government’s summit on Wednesday for the planned emergency aid package.
Especially in the current crisis situation, children and young people should be supported and strengthened, especially if they grow up in vulnerable families. According to the two children’s rights organisations, their interests should be at the top of the agenda in the current debate on economic priorities. From the point of view of the German Children’s Fund and UNICEF Germany, this is crucial for the cohesion of our society.
Even during the corona pandemic, the special interests of children, young people and families were not taken into account. More and more studies show the negative effects of this time on educational opportunities, children’s mental and physical health and the financial situation of families.
“Children are particularly vulnerable to the current economic challenges, especially those who were previously disadvantaged. When families do not know how to make ends meet, it affects the education, participation and physical and mental health of people, children and young people. The federal, state and local authorities must now pull together and strengthen children and families both acutely and systematically and sustainably. Children’s well-being must not be cut short,” says Georg Graf Waldersee, President of UNICEF Germany.
“Respecting children’s rights must be a top priority, especially in the current extraordinary situation. The federal government should work together with the federal states and municipalities on a protective shield for the welfare of children and young people, so that this part of public services of general interest is fully How to do that in an emergency situation, on the one hand, not to further increase inequalities and, on the other hand, to take measures ourselves to ensure that no one is left behind in this crisis situation, is a crucial benchmark for our future viability.community Posts that have been ignored , must not be repeated,’ says Thomas Krüger, chairman of the German Children’s Fund.
The current price increases will have serious consequences for many families and will lead to an increase in child poverty in Germany. The tight budget situation in many municipalities could also have an impact on the well-being of children and young people. The organizations fear that child and youth welfare, for example, may be the focus of possible savings. It must be ensured that offers for childcare, school or open child and youth work as well as cheap leisure and mobility offers for children and young people survive the winter unscathed. Kindergartens, schools and other facilities for children and young people, such as orphanages, must have the highest priority in the emergency plans drawn up by the federal states and local authorities in the event of gas and electricity shortages.
UNICEF Germany and the German Children’s Fund appeal to the federal government and the states and municipalities to ensure that the best interests of the child are prioritized in all laws, regulations and measures adopted in connection with the current crisis. In addition, the interests and needs of children, young people and families should be systematically taken into account when preparing emergency aid packages. According to the two organisations, children and young people must also receive greater attention in the ongoing budget negotiations at federal level and in municipal budgets.
Source and contact address:
Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk eV Uwe Kamp, spokesperson Leipziger Str. 116-118, 10117 Berlin Phone: (030) 3086930, Fax: (030) 2795634