11.11.09 Eurochild's 6th Annual Conference
Measurement and indicators are at the heart of improving performance in policy and practice. Unless we measure an issue or problem, chances are it will be ignored and nothing will get done.
Child well-being is notoriously difficult to measure, but there are more and more examples of where it is being done with good effect on policy development. This conference is framed within the European Union’s Social Inclusion agenda which has identified the eradication of child poverty by breaking the cycle of intergenerational inheritance as one of its key objectives. To help achieve this goal, the EU monitors income poverty and material deprivation and there are plans to develop common indicators that better reflect child well-being. The objective of this conference was to feed into that debate.
The EU social inclusion agenda also aims to bring about policy change through mutual learning and exchange of practice across Member States. This conference offered the platform to share how indicators are being used: in policy development at national and regional level, in advocating for children’s rights and well-being, in improving practice and setting standards in service delivery to families and children.
A further question of discussion was how indicators are being informed by children and young people themselves. In addition to workshops on this issue, a group of young people from five member states participated in the conference and brought some of their reflections on the issue.
Wednesday 11 November
- Vladimir Spidla, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Brussels, Belgium (Youtube Video Message, Transcript)
- Titos Christofides, Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic (Audio file (English) to come soon)
Thursday 12 November
PLENARY: GOOD POLICY, GOOD INDICATORS – WHY THEY MATTER
WORKSHOP SESSIONS 1: INDICATORS IN PUBLIC POLICY
KEY NOTE SPEECH: NO DATA, NO PROBLEM, NO ACTION
WORKSHOP SESSIONS 2: INDICATORS IN SERVICE DEVELOPMENT & DELIVERY
- WORKSHOP 2.1 Early years education & care
Aldo Fortunati, La Bottega di Geppetto, President, Early Childhood Research and Documentation Centre, Italy
Anastasia Houndoumadi, SCHEDIA – Centre for Artistic and Pedagogical Training, Athens, Greece, member of DECET network– Diversity in Early Childhood Edcuation and Training
- WORKSHOP 2.2 Parenting & family support
Eva Westerling, Project Director, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), Sweden & Ylva Söderlind, Project Director, Children’s welfare foundation, Sweden
Kate Mulley, Policy and Research Manager, Action for Children, UK
- WORKSHOP 2.3 Children’s participation
Michel Vandekeere, Research Director, Observatory for childhood, youth and youth care, Belgium
- WORKSHOP 2.4 Children without parental care
Jean Anne Kennedy, Kersti Kukk & Hava Ryustem, Power4Youth
Friday 13 November
CLOSING PLENARY – LOOKING FORWARD
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Download the Annual Conference Background Paper (Policy Briefing) here.
Download the Flyer here.
Download the Programme here.
Download the Family Picture here.
Download the final Press Release: Ending child poverty - Measuring is the key! here.
Download the Report of the Annual Conference here.