In April 2016, the Polish government launched the programme “Family 500+” (Rodzina 500+) to boost birth-rates and reduce child poverty by improving living conditions of large families. The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) presents some early indicators of the programme’s progress and impact.
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) has published a policy memo on the use of EU funding mechanisms to tackle child poverty and social exclusion in the EU. This memo is the first in a series of short policy memos aimed at policymakers, researchers and practitioners and focusing on topics relevant to child welfare.
The latest country profiles available on the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) provide an up–to-date overview of current policies for children and their families in all EU countries.
Recent reports show that more inclusive solutions are required to foster the integration of migrant children in Europe.
As of February 2018, the new paternity leave entitlement for fathers has come into effect in the Czech Republic. The new seven-day entitlement, which allows fathers to claim up to 70% of their salary, is intended to encourage father’s early involvement in caring for young children.
With under 18 year olds making up nearly a third of all internet users around the world, childhood is increasingly affected by digital technology. Two new reports have been published which explore the opportunities created by technological developments and connectivity alongside the challenges that come from children’s use of the internet and presence online.
Discussions on the proposed Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers have begun in the relevant European Parliament committees.
As the Bulgarian presidency continues to emphasise the importance of social Europe and the European Pillar of Social Rights, deinstitutionalisation remains high on the political agenda in the EU countries.
In January 2018 the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published the results of the 2016 Quality of Life survey.
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) evaluation framework was presented at the Children’s Rights European Academic Network (CREAN) conference held at the Uni Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland on 18-19 January.