In its new report on family well-being, the OECD acknowledges Europe’s changing society, and gives particular attention to the role of families, not only in the EU, but in all OECD countries.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development recently published a report entitled ’doing better for families’ (chapter 1. It also publishes a series of key indicators and key data related to the issue.
It looks at the different ways in which families are supported in OECD countries (eg spending, impact of the crisis, parental leave, maternity leave, chidcare, poverty) and assesses how family patterns have changed in OECD countries.
Against this background, the OECD makes a few recommendations:
Provide better public benefits for families.
Help families combine work and care commitments, through an integrated set of leave, care and workplace support for parents and young children.
Design parental leave systems that encourage more fathers to take and share leave and promote their engagement with homecare responsibilities.
Start investing in family policies during the early years and sustain investment throughout childhood.
Ensure high-quality childcare services linked to improving cognitive development, especially for children from poor households.
This report complements the bianualEuropean Commission 2010 Demography report.
As a follow-up, on the 2nd and 3rd of May, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, gathered ministers of social affairs to discuss the social impact of the global economic crisis and what governments can do to promote gender equality, support children and families, and improve pension systems.
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