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Studies and reports

Developing a better understanding of the situation of families and child-friendly policies is essential to building the policies of the future. This section covers studies and reports at EU and Member State level.

Towards better societies for families and children

Europe is undergoing significant demographic and societal changes that present challenges to

  • family income,
  • employment,
  • inclusion,
  • the care and support of children.

Theses studies on better societies for families and children explore the trends and the policies in response to them.

The views expressed in these studies do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.

Reconciliation of work and family life

Many European employees with children face the pressures of conflicting interests and priorities in their work, family life and childcare. These studies explore the role played by employer and public policies in achieving a better balance in regard to satisfactory support for parents and ensuring gender equality.

The views expressed in these studies do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.

Childcare

The extent and variety of childcare provision varies greatly across the EU Member States in regard to quality and facilities. The following studies examine the current situation, trends and future directions of childcare in Europe.

The views expressed in these studies do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.

Child well-being

These reports on child-wellbeing – from European, national and civil society perspectives – investigate the critical aspects of child well-being in the EU. They are written from European, national and civil society perspectives.

The views expressed in these reports do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.

Policy briefs

Researchers associated with EPIC have authored a number of policy briefs relating to family and child well-being. The topics covered include

  • the impact of the financial crisis on childcare,
  • children with special educational needs,
  • parental leave arrangements

The views expressed in these briefs do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission.