To feed into the European Commission’s preparations around Recommendation on Child Poverty planned for early 2013, EPHA publishes a set of Policy Recommendations on Child Poverty, Health and Well-being aimed at preventing and tackling child poverty by addressing health promotion and disease of the child population. The recommendation will be presented on the occasion of EPHA’s European Parliament seminar on the same issue on 4 December 2012.
EPHA Secretariat, together with its members, prepared a set of policy recommendations, calling for a strengthened health dimension in the fight against child poverty in the 27 EU Member States. This is in preparation for the upcoming Commission Recommendation on Child Poverty and Well-being (early 2013), and follows on from the Social Protection Committee’s (SCP) report on the issue. It also builds on the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union’s Conclusions on the subject of "Preventing and tackling child poverty and social exclusion and promoting children’s well-being" adopted on October 4 2012.
EPHA’s main messages are to:
integrate wider determinants of health and well-being, by due attention to disease and injury prevention, and health promotion among the child population group and across the social gradient;
develop multi-dimensional and integrated approaches for preventing child poverty and social exclusion;
take up an early years development approach;
Invest adequate financial and human resources towards improved socio-economic determinants of children’s health and well-being;
develop and monitor the health-specific child poverty indicators through a beyond-GDP approach;
improve living conditions of children and reduce their direct and indirect material deprivation (including severe and relative deprivation);
develop an EU-wide Child Health and Well-being Strategy;
include healthy lifestyles education in the care and educational curricula of the child population;
ensure comprehensive vaccination uptake and coverage for childhood diseases;
make specific reference to children of Roma and migrant backgrounds;
give special consideration to children born in undocumented migrant families with no or limited access to the health and social system;
give special consideration to the very high risk of trafficking and forced prostitution for socially excluded children;
work across-sectors, according to "whole-of-government" but also "whole-of-society" approach;
encourage (re)emergence of integrated primary health and social services that put a child and a childhood at heart of their regular preventive interventions and care.
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