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Partners listed in this section contribute to  EPIC and support the sharing of information and practices among stakeholders, policy-makers and practitioners. EPIC is one of the European Commission’s initiatives to encourage social innovation, and welcomes engagement with relevant stakeholders through dissemination of information and by enabling dialogue between organisations. EPIC is an open platform: innovative child-related practices can be posted on the website via an online submission form, and stakeholders and users can send an email for further information.



A European network of member organisations and individuals working to improve the life quality of children and young people. The website provides information on relevant policy issues and Eurochild publications, as well as news updates and events.

Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, COFACE


The Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU promotes family policy, equal opportunities, social inclusion and empowerment. The website provides profiles on current projects, as well as extensive information on COFACE’s policy positions, responses and recommendations.

European Women’s Lobby

European Women’s Lobby

Represents more than 2000 organisations, working to promote women’s rights and gender equality. It seeks to support and mobilise members through timely monitoring of EU policy developments; publications are available on the website.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Eurofound


Provides expertise on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe. In addition to research, the Foundation has developed three surveys to contribute to the improvement of living and working conditions; links on the website.

European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy, EKCYP


The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy is an on-line database intended to provide a single access point to reliable information about national youth policies across Europe. It also provides information about various youth research topics, conferences and events.

United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF logo


Advocates for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Active in more than 190 countries, UNICEF focuses on child survival and development, education, HIV/AIDS, protection and policy advocacy. Special reports and emergency responses are highlighted on the website.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD logo


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is a policy institute representing 34 member countries. The OECD makes policy recommendations, based on data collection and analysis, to help governments achieve prosperity through economic growth and financial stability. OECD statistics, projections and indicators are all available on the website.

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Caritas Europa

With 49 members across 46 European countries, it is the biggest network of Catholic charities in the world devoted to reducing poverty, campaigning for social justice and tackling issues relating to asylum and migration. It is also active in international development and offers global humanitarian assistance.

European Social Network (ESN) logo

European Social Network (ESN)

ESN is a network of organisations with more than 90 Members in 30 countries bringing together people who design, manage and deliver social services in public authorities. Between 2013-2015 ESN will deliver key research project on ‘Investing in Children Services, Improving Outcomes’ which aims to analyse the national policy and legal framework in selected countries with a focus on key quality services areas for children as included in the European Commission Recommendation 'Investing in Children: Breaking the cycle of disadvantage’.

European Anti-Poverty Network, EAPN logo

European Anti-Poverty Network

The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) is an independent network of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and groups, involved in the fight against poverty and social exclusion  in the Member States of the European Union. Child Poverty is one of its key priorities. EAPN has worked together with other NGOs and organisations to get support at EU and national level for an integrated approach based on access to rights, resources, services and participation. EAPN's website provides an extensive database of publications and news related to anti-poverty policies and actions, at EU and national levels. It also features events, photos and testimonies of people experiencing poverty.


Eurodiaconia, Eurodiaconia logo


Eurodiaconia is a Europe wide community of organisations founded in the Christian faith and working in the tradition of Diaconia, who are committed to a Europe of solidarity, equality and justice. It links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe. Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.

The SIIS Documentation and Research Centre

The SIIS Documentation and Research Centre

The SIIS Documentation and Research Centre (founded in 1972) is a think tank that promotes the reflection on and the practice of social action. The SIIS is one of the leading Documentation Centres specializing in the area of social issues in Europe. The Research Centre produces reports on social service policies. The SIIS also publishes periodicals and documentary newsletters. The management of web sites and observatories is also part of the activities of the center. The SIIS is a member of the ESN European Social Network.

International Network on Leave Policies and Research

International Network on Leave Policies and Research

International Network on Leave Policies and Research is a network of academics and policymakers that share an interest in and knowledge of leave policies and research into these policies. The network was established in 2004. The network pays particular attention to employment-related policies intended to support parents and others with care responsibilities (including for adult relatives). But it also covers policies available to the whole population to improve work/life balance, such as ‘career breaks’ and ‘time accounts’. The basic activity of the network is an annual seminar, organised by the members of the network; and the preparation of an annual review of leave policies and research in the countries represented in the network.