Monday, July 26, 2010

Brighter futures - Building effective partnerships to end child poverty

7th Annual Conference
Örebro Castle, Sweden, 3-5th November 2010
2010 is the European Year against poverty and social exclusion. Child poverty is on the top of the political agenda. Eurochild – a European network of organisations promoting the rights and welfare of children in Europe – takes the opportunity of its 7th annual conference to look at how all stakeholders can work together to end child poverty.

This conference has three overarching objectives:
  • In the framework of EY2010 against poverty and social exclusion, highlight the importance of EU efforts in helping member states fight child poverty and social exclusion, and bring suggestions of how this effort can be reinforced in the future;
  • Demonstrate why investment in children and families must remain a top political priority, even in times of scarce public finances;
  • Show practical examples of working together to end child poverty and how this leads to better outcomes for children. This includes demonstrating cooperation between NGOs, local/regional authorities and other service providers; the role of researchers; and the benefits of direct involvement of children and families.
Among the confirmed speakers:
Tapio Salonen is Professor in Social Work and research leader for a multi-disciplinary research group (citizen participation and social inclusion) at Linnaeus University, Sweden. Since 2002 he has been responsible for annual child poverty reports in Sweden in close cooperation with Save the Children, Sweden.

Christine Davies is Chief Executive of the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) in Children and Young People’s Services. The C4EO aims to identify, coordinate and disseminate ‘what works’ to significantly improve the outcomes of children, young people and their families. It works closely with the Child Poverty Unit to support local authorities and their partners fulfill the requirements of the UK Child Poverty Bill which enshrines in law the commitment to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

Zdzislawa Janowska is member of the Sejm (Parliament) in Poland and President of the International Women’s Foundation in Lodz.

Wieslislawa Warzywoda-Kruszynska is the Director or the Institute of Sociology at the University of Lodz, Poland. Wieslislawa leads the campaign ‘stop poverty transmission’ focusing on improving the quality of life of children living in pockets of poverty in urban areas in Poland.

Workshops will showcase good practice examples of how municipalities, NGOs, families & children and researchers are working together to end child poverty. They will focus specifically on governance and coordination and how their approach has led to better outcomes for children and families.

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Focal Point: Jana Hainsworth, Eurochild