Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

This section allows visitors to register child focused practices that they are developing or implementing in order to share knowledge with other users. These practices are posted here to promote information sharing and to support learning across the EU community of  policymakers and providers. A practice entered in this section will automatically be reviewed for inclusion in the Evidence-Based Practice section if the ‘evaluation references’ section below is completed. Additionally, we encourage users to notify us when a new evaluation is completed for a practice that is already listed in this user registry by sending an email to EMPL-EPIC@ec.europa.eu.

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The practices can be also searched along the three policy pillars of the Recommendation for Investing in Children:

  1. Access to adequate resources
  2. Access to affordable quality services
  3. Children's right to participate

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  1. 1. Talk about Alcohol

    Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, 2006 - Still operating

    Prata om Alkohol (Talk about Alcohol) is a programme used by schools in Sweden. It was established in 2006, with the aim of engaging adolescents in school to talk about alcohol in order to prevent use of the substance or to reduce its consumption and encourage adolescents to have a healthier approach to the substance. Materials for running the Prata om Alkohol programme are available nationally for all schools in Sweden to order and use. According to the Prata om Alkohol website, 75% of schools in Sweden have ordered the materials. Teachers implementing the materials in the classroom can gain access to support through resources. The materials are available at three levels: for pupils who use little or no alcohol (level 1), for pupils who actively use some alcohol (level 2) and for pupils who actively regularly use alcohol (level 3). Teachers begin by using material from level one and may then proceed to levels 2 and 3 if required. Each level comprises 10 exercises which each takebetween20 minutes and two and half hours to complete. The programme was initiated and founded by the Swedish Spirits and Wine Suppliers Association. Other countries in Europe have also started adopting similar versions of the programme, including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Latvia and Lithuania.

  2. 2. Live Without Bullying

    Greece, 2015 - Still operating

    Since 2015, the non-profit organisation Κέντρο Μέριμνας Οικογένειας και Παιδιού (KMOP, Children and Family Care Centre) has led the implementation of the ‘Live Without Bullying’ programme in Greece. The programme aims to combat bullying through the provision of in-person and online counselling and training sessions and the creation of online content, including webinars and educational tools. The programme takes a holistic approach and engages with children, adolescents, young people, parents and educators.

  3. 3. Centre Nana' Dedalus

    Italy, 2002 - Still operating

    The Centre Nanà Dedalus is an intercultural centre run by the Dedalus Social Cooperative. The centre is based in Naples, Italy and provides services for unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied migrants live in Italy without a parent or another adult guardian responsible for their legal protection and care. Some of them are in Italy completely on their own, while others may have relatives or friends also living in Italy. Unaccompanied minors often have past hostile migration experiences and, as a consequence, suffer socio-emotional difficulties. This is also related to the financial responsibilities that some may bear in order to support their families in their country of origin. The interventions run by the Centre Nanà Dedalus aim to address issues of gender, ethnicity and other forms of discrimination through providing cultural mediation services and educational, training and intercultural activities to unaccompanied minors. The centre also provides shelter services and services to unaccompanied minors in prison.

  4. 4. Early Notification of Pregnancy

    United Kingdom, 2009 - Unknown

    The Early Notification of Pregnancy programme aims to provide targeted pre- and post-natal support to vulnerable families, especially mothers, in Lancashire, United Kingdom. The aim is that mothers participating in the programme are emboldened to attend the children’s centre, particularly during the antenatal period, in order to receive clinical care and social support from members of staff and other mothers involved in the project. The aim of the project is to improve parenting skills by providing parenting advice to mothers and encouraging them to build a relationship of trust with the children’s centre from the pre-natal to the post-natal period.

  5. 5. Family Links Nurturing Programme

    United Kingdom, 1994 - Still operating

    The Family Links Nurturing Programme (FLNP) is a ten-week, group-based intervention centred on improving child outcomes by enabling parents to cope better with the challenges of parenting. Unlike parent training programmes, which generally place an emphasis on behavioural changes and the acquisition of parenting skills, FLNP identifies itself as a parenting support programme that is ‘cognitive-relational’ in emphasis. This means that the programme aims to improve home environments and parent-child relationships by helping parents to understand and manage the thoughts, emotions, and behaviour of both themselves and their children. The programme is based upon the US-developed Nurturing Parenting Programme and has been adapted for universal roll-out to families across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, including for Muslim families, families with parents in prison, and families with children who have disabilities and special needs.

News 09/03/2021

February 2021 developments in child and family policy 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 in February 2021. Each piece of news contains a link to the original source, which may be in a language other than English. In most cases, they are press releases from the relevant ministries.

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Austria: Extension of COVID-19 support for families

The ministry with responsibility for family affairs (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Familie und Jugend) extended the support available to families who are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19. The family hardship fund (Familienhärtefonds) will be increased by additional €50 million (reaching a total of €200 million) and extended until the end of June 2021. This fund aims to support families in which at least one parent has lost their job or had their working hours reduced due to COVID-19. In addition, the ministry will continue to provide family allowances to a wider pool of families: all families that were entitled to the family allowance for at least one month between March 2020 and February 2021 will now be entitled to the allowance until March 2021.

Denmark: New initiative for safeguarding vulnerable children

At the end of January 2021, the ministry with responsibility for social affairs (Social og Indenrigsministeriet) proposed a new initiative to support particularly vulnerable children.  The Children First (Børnene Først) initiative includes a number of actions which ultimately aim to ensure that fewer children grow up in abuse by supporting earlier intervention. The initiative also proposes reforms to the current foster family system and the Children’s Act (Barnets Lov) to improve child participation.

Finland: New action plan to prevent bullying and harassment in schools

The Ministry of Education and Culture (Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö) introduced an action plan that aims to prevent bullying, teasing, violence and harassment in schools and in other educational institutions. The action plan covers the next three years and includes measures to tackle bullying both inside and outside of schools. It also outlines preventive arrangements to be taken at early childhood and education care (ECEC) stage, which aim at strengthening children’s emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. 

Finland: Draft reform of family leave policy

On 16 February 2021, the Finnish government (Hallituksen) introduced a proposal on family leave reform (perhevapaauudistuksesta). Building on the EU Work-Life Balance Directive, the proposed reform would extend the duration of family leave by giving each parent an entitlement to 160 days of leave per child. The proposed reform also would also provide more flexibility to parents in how they can make use of their leave entitlements. The reform aims to improve the wellbeing of children and to encourage a more equal distribution of leave between parents.

Ireland: Awareness-raising campaign about particularly vulnerable children

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth introduced its second iteration of the Supporting Children campaign which promotes support to particularly vulnerable children, young people and their families. The aim of the campaign is twofold: to encourage society to be mindful of particularly vulnerable children and to promote access to information on what assistance is available to them and their families. More information is featured on the official website of the campaign.

Slovenia: Simplification of and extensions to childcare allowance

The ministry with responsibility for family affairs (Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti) has increased the childcare allowance that is provided to families in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry has also simplified the process of claiming childcare allowance for elderly people who are unable to adequately provide for children in their care. This allowance is part of the rights that vulnerable populations in Slovenia have to claim benefits from public funds.

International: Launch of report on policy tools to support inclusive education

The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education published a new guidance report on promoting inclusive school-level leadership on 3 February 2021. The report provides a framework and guiding principles to help decision-makers review national and local-level policies at all levels of education. The aim of the document is to support decision-makers to make education more inclusive and equitable. The policy framework was developed by the Agency in collaboration with the Supporting Inclusive School Leadership project and partners from Ireland, Malta, Hungary and Sweden.

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