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Study on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being in the EU

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Policy context

In recent years, the mainstreaming of child poverty and child well-being has become a priority for the European political agenda. As part of the European cooperation on social protection and social inclusion (the Social Open Method of Coordination, henceforth the Social OMC), the European Union has expressed its strong political commitment to combating child poverty and promoting well-being among children, regardless of their social background. This process has gone through several main steps.

The Study on Child poverty and Child Well-Being was conceived as a follow-up to the work carried out in 2007 by the Commission and the Member States in the context of the European Strategy for Social Inclusion. The Study built upon the report prepared by the EU Task-Force on Child Poverty and Child Well-Being (2008): Child poverty and well-being in the EU - Current status and way forward, as well as on the in-depth study commissioned by the European Commission and written by Petra Hoelscher (2004): A thematic study using transnational comparisons to analyse and identify what combination of policy responses are most successful in preventing and reducing high levels of child poverty.