Child poverty and social exclusion is one of the major challenges facing the European Union and in February 2013 the European Commission issued a major Recommendation on “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’. This Synthesis Report has been produced by the Network Core Team of the European Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion, on the basis of the independent experts’ reports covering the 28 EU Member States. It brings together the main findings of the country analyses and draws on these and the Core Team’s overall assessment to put forward a series of concrete suggestions for advancing the implementation of the Recommendation at both national and EU levels. The report is available in electronic format in English, French and German. The 28 country reports are available here together with their translation in the national language(s).