“Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Our work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Eurochild is funded by the European Commission within the PROGRESS Programme.
Eurochild has 135 members in 25 European countries.
Child Poverty in the EU
Across the EU, 19% of children are at risk of poverty compared to an average of 16% for the total population. Some 15% of children leave school without achieving a secondary education. Youth unemployment is about twice the average unemployment rate. There are pockets of communities where joblessness is the norm – 10% of Europeans live in jobless households – and may span several generations.
The main groups of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion are: children in lone-parent families, those in large families, those with unemployed or underemployed parents, children in immigrant and ethnic minorities’ families, and disabled.
We live in a society where the socio-economic status into which children are born is still probably the most important determinant of their well-being, education outcomes, and employment prospects.
Eurochild believes that it is absolutely crucial to take a child-centred approach based on the principles enshrined in the UNCRC. Such an approach ensures that children’s well-being is addressed in a holistic way and that their needs are seen from their perspective.
Investing in children and their well-being is not only a moral obligation but also an economic priority. It is probably the most effective route towards sustainable social, economic and political progress in Europe.
- “Who we are”, Eurochild Website, accessed on 19 July 2011. http://www.eurochild.org/en/who-we-are/index.html
- Monitoring child well-being: better policy and practice, Participants List, Background paper and Report of Eurochild’s 6th Annual Conference 2009