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  • INNOCENTI Report Card 13 – looking at the impact of inequality on the most disadvantaged children in high income countries

    INNOCENTI Report Card 13 – looking at the impact of inequality on the most disadvantaged children in high income countries

    The UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti - published recently the latest Innocenti Report Card which explores the impact of inequality on the most disadvantaged children in high income countries. The report takes an innovative approach comparing the situation of a child living in a household with a median income to the poorest 10% of children. The report ranks 41 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU) according to how the bottom 10% of children compare against their peers in the middle of the distribution – this is called ‘bottom-end inequality.’

  • New report explores how to improve three interlocked domains - family, work and education – to fight poverty

    New report explores how to improve three interlocked domains - family, work and education – to fight poverty

    A new report by the Brookings Institution and the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research called ‘Opportunity, Responsibility and Security’ pdfexplores how three areas of life and policy-making - family, work and education – are interlocked and must be improved simultaneously to fight child poverty in the US. The report makes concrete suggestions for policy action and changes across all three interlinked areas in order to generate a socio-political environment that provides opportunity and improves the lives of families and their children so that they do not remain mired in poverty.

  • Public consultation opens on the draft European Pillar of Social Rights

    Public consultation opens on the draft European Pillar of Social Rights

    The European Commission has initiated a public consultation on the draft European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar, which was announced by Jean-Claude Juncker  in his September 2015 State of the Union speech, will create a reference framework against which Member States can develop and measure the performance of their national social and employment policy. A draft version of the pillar was released in early March.

  • New country profiles are available!

    New country profiles are available!

    The latest country profiles available on the European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) provide an up to date overview of current policies for children and their families for each European Union (EU) Member State.

  • Peer reviews on child policy topics

    Peer reviews on child policy topics

    The European Commission has been hosting a series of peer reviews in European cities on current policy topics relevant to children and their families across all European Member States. The specific topics covered were provision of quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) and their impact on children, prevention and early intervention, as well as using Social Community Teams to tackle poverty and social exclusion locally. Peer Reviews in social protection and social inclusion are used to foster an open discussion and mutual learning and are hosted by one country which presents a selected good practice (e.g. a programme, policy reform, institutional arrangement). The events are attended by experts from the European Commission, peer countries and relevant stakeholders who act as peer reviewers and provide feedback.

  • Placing Social Policy at the Heart of the 2016 European Semester

    Placing Social Policy at the Heart of the 2016 European Semester

    In February, the European Commission (EC) released its 2016 Country Reports, which offer an assessment of the current state of economic strengths, challenges and vulnerabilities for each Member State, building on the broader fiscal and economic policies outlined in the Annual Growth Survey for 2016. As the Commission prepares for the release of the draft country-specific recommendations (CSR) in May 2016, recently released reports by the Social Protection Committee and the European Social Network have sought to place social reforms firmly at the centre of the 2016 policy agenda.

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