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31 May 2011

Child Well-Being in the European Union - Better monitoring instruments for better policies

TÁRKI Social Research Institute has prepared a background paper for the Hungarian EU presidency that aims at contributing to the child mainstreaming process within the European Union through the improvement of monitoring tools in the field. The background paper is available now online.

The European Union has always regarded as a primary objective its fight against poverty and social exclusion and is increasingly turning its focus on the issue of child well-being. As part of the European cooperation on social protection and social inclusion, the European Union has expressed its strong political commitment to combating child poverty and promoting well-being among children, regardless of their social background.

The Child well-being in the European Union - Better monitoring instruments for better policies report commissioned by the State Secretariat for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice builds on these predecessors and aims at contributing to the child mainstreaming process within the EU.

The report is a close follow-up of the previous major outcomes of the child mainstreaming process. An international consortium lead by TÁRKI Social Research Institute (Budapest) and Applica (Brussels) prepared and submitted its report entitled Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-being in the European Union to the European Commission. The TÁRKI-Applica (2010) report followed the guidelines of the EU Task-Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-being, established by the EU Social Protection Committee in 2007, which laid out recommendations (later adopted by the Social Protection Committee) to develop and monitor quantifiable measures and to employ a common framework in the study of child well-being. All deliverables of the present project are downloadable.

Main report: Child well-being in the European Union - Better monitoring instruments for better policies
Online Annex 1: Expert opinions on education, health and risk behaviour indicators
Online Annex 2: Policy marker report cards for EU-27 Member States
Online Annex 3: An integrated list and evaluation of the suggested indicators and indicator breakdowns (the annex is under work, it will be released later)
Short summary of the report - in Hungarian
Leaflet

When citing the study, we ask that you use the following reference:
TÁRKI (2011): Child well-being in the European Union – Better monitoring instruments for better policies. Report prepared for the State Secretariat for Social Inclusion of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Budapest. http://www.tarki.hu/en/research/childpoverty/tarki_chwb_mainreport_online.pdf

Child well-being in the European Union: trends and policy markers

Expert meeting
Budapest, 28 April 2011
Venue: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice
1055 Budapest, V. Kossuth Lajos tér 11, room 101

An expert meeting took place on 28 April 2011, in Budapest, which brought together delegates from the European Commission, UNICEF and Eurochild, as well as representatives of the Hungarian government and of the Hungarian research community, to discuss the first draft of this report.

Programme