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  • UNICEF releases outlook on Child Poverty Post-2015

    UNICEF releases outlook on Child Poverty Post-2015

    Although the strong commitment to Millennium Development Goals has heralded significant improvements in global poverty reduction, UNICEF asserts that “this progress has been inequitable, with children from the poorest backgrounds seeing the fewest gains.”

  • Belgium and the United Kingdom implement a new child poverty strategy EPIC policy children EU

    Belgium and the United Kingdom implement a new child poverty strategy

    Governments worldwide are increasingly coming to terms with the importance of early investment in childhood to prevent the rise of inequality in the coming decades. The Europe 2020 strategy aims to reduce the number of people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion by 20 million. To ensure that poverty reduction goals are achieved, both Belgium and the United Kingdom have recently adopted child poverty reduction strategies, with a view to reduce overall poverty levels, including for children and young people. These strategies rest on investment in children’s services and other social services to help undermine the cycle of disadvantage.

  • With childhood obesity on the rise what food policies are in place in European schools?

    With childhood obesity on the rise what food policies are in place in European schools?

    Why are schools important when it comes to children and their health?

    As the Commissioner for Health, Tonio Borg, stated ‘Nearly one in every three children in Europe are overweight or obese, and as such, are at risk developing a number of preventable diseases’. With childhood obesity on the rise, efforts need to be made to encourage children to adopt healthy lifestyles and eating patterns. It has been noted that schools are key, protected environments where encouragement and guidance can be provided to children so that they learn how to live healthy lives.

  • European Commission proposal to increase protection for children in criminal proceedings

    European Commission proposal to increase protection for children in criminal proceedings

    Justice Ministers from the Member States (MS) agreed on 6th June 2014 on a general approach to safeguarding children during criminal court proceedings improving the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This initial informal agreement in the Justice Council allows for a trilogue discussion between the Council of Ministers (CoM), European Parliament (EP) and the European Commission (EC) at the end of November 2014. Coinciding with this agreement, the Commission also published a report on the children’s involvement in criminal and judicial proceedings.

  • Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child

    This November marks UNICEF’s 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 25 years ago UNICEF made a promise to children across the world that they would do their upmost to protect their rights so that they could develop, learn and fulfil their potential.

  • Cyberbullying risks permanent harm to European children

    Cyberbullying risks permanent harm to European children

    In recent years, media attention has intensified on child- and teenage suicides which can be connected to bullying via the Internet. However, while the most tragic cases are relatively few, cyberbullying is a serious threat and has long-lasting impacts on the victims. More than half (55%) of children in Europe who have been bullied said they became depressed as a result, with over a third saying they harmed themselves (35%) or thought about suicide (38%), according to a survey  conducted by BeatBullying and Coface’s #DeleteCyberbullying campaign.

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