Reducing the risk of poverty among children would not only improve the way in which EU member states tackle social issues, it would also help long-term investment in smart, sustainable growth. To do so three key pillars are proposed:

  • Access to adequate resources: intervention could begin, for example, by supporting parents to access the labour market so that they can gain an adequate income to access good quality services for their children. Adequate living standards should be available to all children and can be brought about by investing in long-term, smart, sustainable growth in order to ensure greater equality.
  • Access to affordable quality services: inequalities should be reduced at a young age by providing access to early childhood education and care (ECEC). Barriers to learners, such as fees, should be reduced to make learning more inclusive. A greater social mix in housing should also be promoted.
  • Children’s right to participate: Participation in sport and cultural activities should be promoted by reducing costs and creating safe spaces for children. Additionally, awareness related to children rights and obligation should be raised gradually from early age.

To achieve this, collaborations between a range of stakeholders is needed, crossing over many different policy areas, such as education, employment, health, and quality. Ensuring children’s rights is fundamental to achieving the aims of the Social Investment Package.

- Recommendation called Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage, published on 20 February 2013.

- EPHA Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being published in November 2012 is available

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Last modified on June 17 2013.