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  17 December 2020  

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EPIC publishes third annual thematic report and a research note on anti-bullying practices

EPIC has recently published two reports focusing on children and families within the EU.

Our latest research note showcases anti-bullying interventions from the practices collected and listed on the EPIC practice repository. This report sets out the evidence base and use of eleven anti-bullying practices with the aim of facilitating discussions on how to prevent and address bullying amongst children. Practices showcased include the KiVa Antibullying programme (which an evaluation in Finland has shown can reduce children’s anxiety and depression) and the Curriculum-based Anti-bullying programme in Greece (which strengthens the confidence of children bystanders to intervene in bullying incidents).

EPIC has recently launched its third annual thematic report which provides an overview of developments in child and family policy across the EU27 and UK in 2019. The report provides information on key trends in the provision of early childhood education and care, family leave and actions to improve work-life balance, social and income support for families, and children’s right to participation.

The EPIC team wishes all stakeholders a healthy, peaceful and happy festive season and a hopeful start to 2021.

Upcoming events
What's coming up next in EPIC

Research note examining mental health and social exclusion in children

The upcoming EPIC research note on children and mental health will provide an overview of relevant evidence on approaches to preventing mental health issues in children.

Policy memo exploring the childcare gap in the EU

In most – but not all – EU Member States, there is a ‘gap’ period between the end of the childcare leave and entry into Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). During this gap, families with young children are unable to benefit from well-compensated childcare leave or a guaranteed (or otherwise state-supported) place in ECEC. This EPIC policy memo will present an overview of what is known about the childcare gap, discusses policies to address the gap, and reflects on future research that might build on this knowledge base.

Policy memo examining provision of sexuality education across the European Union

Across the European Union, Member States’ approaches to sexuality education in schools varies considerably meaning different children receive different messages about living in today’s society. An upcoming EPIC policy memo will look at how sexuality education is delivered across the EU Member States.

News items
Latest news items relating to child and family policy developments

EPIC publishes news items relating to child and family policy developments in the EU

EPIC regularly publishes a news item relating to child and family policy in the EU. These news items may report on events, reports, or recent EU-level policy developments. Recent items include:

Recent report outlines preventive policies in 11 EU Member States

EPIC publishes third annual thematic report on child and family policy developments in 2019

EPIC tracks new developments in child and family policies in EU Member States

The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) presents a round-up of the latest developments in child and family policy in EU member states over the past month. Recent items include:

November 2020

October 2020

September 2020

If there are any new policies and practices in the EU member states that you would like us to feature in this update, please send the details to

What's new
What's new on the EPIC website?

EPIC is an evidence-based online platform that provides information about policies relating to children and their families in the EU. The EPIC website now contains new and updated pages:

EPIC hosts a repository of studies and reports on topics related to EU child and family policy. Several studies published in 2019 and 2020 are now available in this page, including an OECD report looking at the return on investment in children’s education, health and family life, a UNICEF report reviewing family policies in 41 OECD and EU countries, and a Eurydice report with data on compulsory education and training in 38 European countries.

EPIC provides contain links to relevant data provided by several organisations, institutions and projects relating to investment in children. Recently, EPIC added the OECD Child Well-Being Data Portal: which provides data on children’s well-being, home and family environment, health and safety, education and school life, life satisfaction, as well as information on child-related public policies.

EPIC lists relevant events happening on the EU stage on topics related to children and families. Upcoming events include the European Social Services Conference in June 2021 and the International Young Carers Conference in May 2021.

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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

The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) wants to provide information about all policies that can help children and their families face up to the unprecedented challenges that exist in the current economic climate in Europe. This is an occasional electronic newsletter intended for anyone with an interest in the information provided by EPIC.