Investing in Children's Services, Improving Outcomes

In 2013 ESN started this project to contribute to the implementation of the European Recommendation ‘Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ at national and local levels. It consists of an analysis of the organisation of children's services across 14 European countries, and a set of peer reviews in these countries aimed at presenting specific policy proposals for public authorities regards to how children's services should be developed in line with the Recommendation.

The project Investing in Children's Services, Improving Outcomes focuses on the five types of services addressed in the European Recommendation: reducing inequality at a young age by investing in early childhood education and care; improving the impact of education systems on equal opportunities; improving health systems to address the needs of disadvantaged children; providing children with a safe, adequate housing and living environment; enhancing family support and the quality of alternative care settings.

ESN Investing in Children's Services, Improving Outcomes

Key findings

This is a collection of nine country profiles with key findings from the research project. We will be adding five more countries in 2015 and publishing a final report in 2016.

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Peer Reviews

The peer reviews bring together representatives from national child welfare agencies, directors of children’s services at local level, national government and third sector services to analyse the organisation of children’s services in their countries:

  1. The first peer review took place in Dublin in May 2013 and looked at the organisation of children's services in Ireland, France, Sweden and Bulgaria. 
  2. The second peer review took place in Barcelona in June 2014 and looked at children's services in Catalonia in Spain, Scotland in the UK, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
  3. A third peer review took place in May 2015 and looked at five more countries: Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Portugal and Romania.

For further information, please contact Alfonso Lara Montero, ESN Policy Director.