ESN Autumn Seminar

This seminar explored the relationships between early childhood education and care and specialist children’s services, such as child protection, and how they impact on child poverty. It aimed to make connections between EU policies (early childhood education and childcare; child poverty and wellbeing) and lessons from current policy & practice in social work. It has a particular focus on the most vulnerable children in the 0-6 age group.

Session 1: Investing in Early Years Services

Early childhood education and care in the EU
Nora Milotay, DG Education and Culture, European Commission

Impact of early childhood education and care on child poverty and wellbeing
Prof. Edward Melhuish, Director Institute for the Study of Children, Families & Social Issues, Birkbeck, University of London

Comparing child-wellbing in EU countries
Dominic Richardson, Social Policy Division, OECD

Session 2: Policy & Practice in Early Years Services and Child Protection

Country Profiles
France
Marie-Paule Martin-Blachais, Managing Director GIP “Enfance en Danger” (National Public Institution on Child Protection Policy), France

UK
Patricia Kearney, Head of Families and Children's services, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Hungary
Marta Korintus and Ferenc Sidlovics, National Institute for Family and Social Policy, Hungary

Early Intervention for Families at Risk in the Nordic Countries
Henrik Andershed, Associate Professor at Örebro University, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC)