This mini-toolkit on the use of the European Social Fund (ESF) for actions to combat poverty and social exclusion of children was developed as part of the work of the ESF Transnational Cooperation Platform (2020-2022).
The toolkit draws on exchanges during a peer-to-peer training on programming actions to combat poverty and social exclusion of children, held in January 2021, in the context of the emerging European Social Fund Plus (ESF+). It is designed for those managing or implementing the ESF, including managing authorities, intermediate bodies, relevant ministries, public bodies with responsibility for protecting children, stakeholders (in particular children’s organisations), and relevant policy and desk officers in the European Commission.
The key objectives of the toolkit are:
- To ensure that the ESF is used to address poverty and social exclusion of children;
- To make key elements of the ESF+ Regulation accessible to relevant actors;
- To provide a good practice checklist to help in designing programmes and preparing calls.