Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Studies and reports - Policy memos

The EPIC policy memo series provides brief overviews of key topics in child wellbeing and development for policymakers, researchers and stakeholders.

 

The childcare gap in EU Member States [March 2021]

This EPIC policy memo presents an overview of the childcare gap in EU Member States. The childcare gap is a period in which families with young children are unable to benefit from well-compensated childcare leave or a guaranteed place in early childhood education and care. The policy memo examines policies in place to address the childcare gap.

Sexuality education across the European Union: an overview  [February 2021]

This EPIC policy memo explores whether and how sexuality education is delivered by schools across the EU Member States. Drawing on existing data sources, the memo highlights trends and differences and considers the need for further data mapping.

Strengthening the quality of early childhood education and care through inclusion [June 2020]

This EPIC policy memo discusses what inclusion means in early childhood education and care (ECEC), recognising that ensuring effective access to quality early childhood education and care for all children remains a challenge, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The memo discusses how current EU policy understands inclusion in ECEC and summarises findings from recent EU-level projects on how inclusion is integrated into different aspects of quality in early childhood education and care.

Understanding the housing conditions experienced by children in the EU [April 2020]

This EPIC policy memo provides an overview of the housing conditions experienced by children across the European Union. It also offers examples of the various policy responses and interventions underway in member states that are aimed at improving the housing conditions of children within the European Union.

Leave policies and practice for non-traditional families [August 2019]

This policy memo provides an overview of the extent to which non-traditional families are taken into account by Member States in developing family leave policies.

Embedding a children’s rights perspective in policy and decision-making [August 2019]

This policy memo provides an overview of the extent to which children’s rights are promoted and taken into account in policies and practice. The memo considers policy frameworks at national level as well as those at EU level. It also also discusses ways in which policies and wider initiatives facilitate children’s participation in decisions about their future.

Mechanisms supporting single parents across the European Union [July 2019]

Single-parent families are among the most financially vulnerable groups in society, with 47% of single-parent households at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU in 2017. This memo presents trends and risks for single parents across the EU, and provides an overview of existing support mechanisms.

Positive parenting interventions: Empowering parents with positive parenting techniques for lifelong health and well-being [April 2019]

This memo provides a brief introduction to parenting interventions, including what they are, why they are important, and how they can be used to promote lifelong health and resilience in children. This memo also provides guidance on the types of parenting interventions that are available, how they could be accessed, as well as the factors that must be considered in deciding when, where and for whom specific parenting interventions should be implemented. The target audience of this memo are organisations providing support and/or guidance to parents.

Access to quality education for children with special educational needs [January 2019]

This policy memo provides an overview of the policy and practice of EU countries in ensuring access to quality education for children with special educational needs. It sets out the policy framework and main approaches taken by Member States, identifies key challenges for policy-makers and practitioners, and highlights examples of practices from across the EU.

Family-friendly workplaces: Overview of policies and initiatives in Europe [September 2018]

Many people are struggling to balance work and family obligations. This policy memo provides an overview of policies and initiatives in EU countries supporting family-friendly workplaces. Family-friendly workplaces allow employees flexibility in their working hours and location of work to help them reconcile their domestic and professional responsibilities.

Education for unaccompanied migrant children in Europe  [July 2018]

This EPIC policy memo provides a brief overview of the national and school-level approaches to the inclusion of unaccompanied migrant children in Member State education systems.

Paternity and parental leave policies across the EU - Assessment of current provision [July 2018]

As of 2018, all EU Member States offer some form of paternity and/or parental leave following a birth of a child. However, there is variation in terms of the leave length, compensation levels and whether leave is a family or individual right. This EPIC policy memo provides a brief description of current paternity and parental leave provisions and explores how these provisions might need to change in view of the initiatives launched under the European Pillar of Social Rights.

Implementing evidence-based practices effectively - A practical guide [July 2018]

Effective implementation is a critical step for programme success. This EPIC policy memo provides a practical short resource guide for child-serving organisations to support the implementation of practices to support child and family wellbeing. It builds on a more detailed version of the implementation guide previously published by EPIC.

Tackling child poverty and social exclusion in the EU - How EU funding mechanisms can help [April 2018]

The European Commission Recommendation on ‘Investing in Children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage’ recommends that Member States ‘mobilise relevant EU financial instruments’ in order to maximise available funding for child-centred initiatives. This EPIC policy memo provides an overview of the various funding mechanisms available at EU level and how they can be used to fund initiatives by Member States and NGOs to help all children reach their potential.

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