The Belgian government’s Children First initiative has been funding a pilot project to set up local ‘consultation platforms’ on child poverty. The platforms engage a wide range of local actors – from e.g. anti-poverty associations to child daycare centres, schools, sports clubs and student support centres.
Host Country: Belgium
Date: 13-14 January 2015
Peer countries: Bulgaria - France - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Malta - The Netherlands - United Kingdom
Belgium’s Public Social Welfare Centres, based in each borough, are key to local anti-poverty action. Some 57 of these were involved in the launch of the platforms, either as initiators or as participants. In 2013, the government made EUR 2 million available for Children First.
Children First reflects the EU Commission’s 2013 Recommendation ‘Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’, and the Social Investment Package more generally, by improving coordination, increasing the involvement of parents, children and other local stakeholders, and encouraging the exchange of good practice.
Key messages that emerged from this Peer Review:
Renate Haupfleisch (ÖSB Consulting GmbH)