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EPIC publishes new policy memos and annual thematic report
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The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) has published three new policy memos on:

  • The current landscape of paternity and parental leave policies across the EU;
  • Education for unaccompanied migrant children in Europe;
  • Effective implementation of evidence-based practices.
The memos are part of a series aimed at policymakers, researchers and practitioners, focusing on topics relevant to child welfare.

New EPIC policy memo on paternity and parental leave policies across the European Union

As of 2018, all EU Member States offer some form of paternity and/or parental leave following the birth of a child. However, there are large variations in terms of the leave length, compensation levels and whether leave is a family or individual right.

This policy memo provides an overview of the current paternity and parental leave provisions across EU Member States. These provisions are examined against the changes proposed within the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the proposal for a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers.

New EPIC policy memo on education for unaccompanied migrant children in Europe

Access to education is a fundamental right. National and international governments have recognised the importance of migrant children’s access to education (including unaccompanied minors). Hence, there are a variety of legal and policy frameworks applied at international, national and local levels in support of this. However, despite these legal and policy provisions, access to both formal and non-formal education remains a challenge for many unaccompanied migrant children.

This EPIC policy memo, Education for unaccompanied migrant children in Europe provides a brief overview of the national and school-level approaches to the inclusion of unaccompanied migrant children in Member State education systems.

New EPIC policy memo on implementing evidence-based practices effectively

Effective implementation is a critical step for programme success. If implementation is not done correctly, not only may the programme not work the way it was intended, but other unintended consequences may arise.

This policy memo provides a short resource guide for child-serving organisations to support effective implementation of evidence-based practices. The document is based on a more detailed version of the implementation guide developed in 2016 for EPIC.

In the Spotlight
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New Social Innovation practices uploaded to the EPIC website

The Social Innovation Repository (SIR) presents practices that focus on social innovation, have a clearly set out Theory of Change and are novel in the European context. The SIR includes social innovation practices that have been introduced in the child and family well-being context in EU Member States within the past 5 years.

The SIR enables a unique opportunity to highlight social innovations that merit further attention and study to examine their potential impact and effectiveness.

The following practices are new additions to the Social Innovation Repository:

Growing Up Together PLUS programme
Croatia
2013 - Still operating

The Growing Up Together PLUS programme includes a number of workshops that are designed for parents who are raising children with disabilities. Through information exchange on relevant parenting skills and targeted support, parents learn how to perform their responsibilities, and increase their competence and capacity in both their children and themselves. Moreover, the programme enables parents to learn more about parenting and the other parents in the programme, how to understand their children better, and how best to support their children’s wellbeing and development.

Centre for Asylum-seeking Families with Children in Italy
Italy
2016 – Still operating

The Centre for Asylum-seeking Families with Children in Italy is a centre in Milan run by the non-governmental organisation Fondazione L’ Albero della Vita (FADV). It promotes the long-term social inclusion of asylum-seeking families and aims to respond to the individual needs of the increasing numbers of migrant and refugee families arriving in Italy. The centre has reception facilities available for asylum-seeking families and seeks to assist families through the provision of psycho-social and pedagogical support, language services, accommodation, material aid, healthcare, legal guidance and employment counselling for parents. In particular, the centre focuses on ensuring the wellbeing of the children in these families by helping them access public education.

Flexible child-minder service vouchers for workers with non-standard working schedules
Latvia
2015 – 2017

The Latvian ‘vouchers for flexible childminding services’ programme is available for parents with non-standard working schedules. It is an experimental intervention that provides vouchers for flexible (individual or collective) pre-school childcare services to facilitate work and family life balance. Through the establishment of public and private sector collaborations, this voucher scheme ultimately seeks to combat inequalities caused by the lack of available flexible childminding services and the high costs attached to their use.

The Family-Friendly Workplace Programme
Finland
2017 – Still operating

The Family-Friendly Workplace Programme promotes family-friendly practices at the workplace. The programme is implemented through a four--step process, through which the employer receives guidance and support from experts from the Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto). The programme aims to show employers the importance of investing in their staff while increasing their business attractiveness and human capital. Employees benefit from a more flexible working environment which reduces sick leave and improves work efficiency and productivity. The programme can be implemented in either the private or public sector and adjusted according to a company’s size.

NEWS ITEMS
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EPIC publishes first yearly thematic report on child and family policy developments in Europe
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) has published its annual thematic report. The report outlines changes and new developments during the past year in the area of child and family policies across the EU Member States.

The report provides data on key trends as reported in the EPIC national profiles, with a reflection on policy developments and key challenges remaining. It also signposts current policy discussions and how they could potentially shape child and family policy at the EU and national levels in coming years.

The report also specifically covers developments in the area of child migrant and refugee policy; changes in parental, paternity and maternity leave policies in the EU; and the progress of deinstitutionalisation of the child care system.

Childonomics: measuring the impact of investments in services for children and families
Eurochild has published the summary report from its ‘Childonomics’ research project. The project aims to develop a tool to measure the long-term social and financial impact and value of investments in services for children and families, to enable better-informed decisions about the relative social and economic benefits of different policies and interventions.

A new EU resolution to protect migrant children
On 2 May 2018, the European Parliament passed a new resolution to protect migrant children arriving in the European Union.

The resolution calls for all Member States to safeguard the rights and interests of children when implementing their respective migration policies, taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by child refugees and asylum seekers, such as vulnerability to exploitation, violence and sexual abuse.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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29/10/2018 - 31/10/2018
Eurochild Conference 2018 - Building a better Europe with children: All aboard!
Opatija, Croatia

The conference, organised by Eurochild and hosted by Croatian NGO Society "Our Children" Opatija, will bring together approximately 300 participants including policymakers, public sector workers, children’s rights professionals and children.

28/08/2018 – 31/08/2018
EECERA 2018
Budapest, Hungary

European Early Childhood Education Research Association’s (EECERA) annual conference is the largest early childhood research conference in Europe attended by scholars, policymakers, researchers and practitioners. The theme of the 28th Conference of EECERA will be Early Childhood Education, Families and Communities.

YOUR FEEDBACK
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The EPIC team is interested in your feedback on user experiences with EPIC (in particular the Practices that Work section). How do you use the information posted on EPIC? Do national experts and practitioners work with the information posted on EPIC? Do practitioners and decision makers use the collected Evidence-Based Practices? Please email us at EMPL-EPIC@ec.europa.eu.
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