The European Commission’s Social Protection Committee (part of DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion) adopted, last June 27, its report on "Tackling and preventing child poverty, promoting child well-being." The paper will serve as a benchmark to develop the upcoming Child Poverty Recommendation by the EC later this year.
Among others, the report and its annexes (a summary of stakeholders’ contribution) address issues of access to quality services, children’s participation and policy responses in the context of austerity. From a public health perspective, the more relevant chapters are the ones dealing with the right to health services; children with disabilities; right to adequate standard of living; right to education; and children of minorities.
Key messages from the Social Protection Committee on Tackling and preventing Child Poverty are:
1. Developing holistic approaches, combining prevention and remediation.
2. Access to adequate income through supporting parents’ participation in the labour market and providing adequate income support through a combination of benefits.
3. Access to quality services in education, health, housing and child protection.
4. Children’s participation.
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