Investing in Children Services, Improving Outcomes
The European Social Network (ESN) has been working on aspects related to child poverty and children’s wellbeing for the past 6 years. From 2010 to 2012, ESN worked with the European Commission and Member States in the drafting of the European Recommendation 'Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage' published on 20 February 2013 which presents Member States with policy guidance on 3 pillars: adequate resources, quality services and children’s participation. Within the services pillar, the European Commission recognises 5 types of services:
- Reduce inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care
- Improve education systems’ impact on equal opportunities
- Improve health systems to address the needs of disadvantaged children
- Provide children with a safe, adequate housing and living environment
- Enhance family support and the quality of alternative care settings
ESN is contributing to the implementation of the Recommendation with this research project, which aims to analyse the national policy and legal framework in selected countries focusing specifically on the services dimension of the Recommendation and linking it to other aspects, such as access to benefits and children’s participation.
During the analytical phase, ESN is organising peer reviews bringing together a delegation from each country comprised of representatives from child welfare and children services directors, national government representatives and service providers. The first stage of the exercise taking place in 2013 features four countries: Ireland, France, Sweden and Bulgaria. The first peer review took place in Dublin on 15 May 2013. The second stage taking place in 2014 will feature another six EU countries.
For further information on this project, contact Alfonso Lara Montero, Senior Policy and Research Officer at Alfonso.firstname.lastname@example.org.