FAMILIES IN VULNERABLE SITUATIONS:
FROM CHALLENGES TO SOLUTIONS


COFACE expert meeting
Spotlight on single parent families and large families
9.00-15.50
26 October 2020
Online

Although the EU economy recovered from the last recession, it has suffered another shock as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with inequality again on the increase and some families facing multiple challenges. Single-parents’ families, large families, migrant families and families where members have disabilities or long-term conditions face high risks of social exclusion and material deprivation.

This expert meeting will put the spotlight on single parent families and large families, taking COFACE virtually to the meeting hosts in Budapest where members Single Parents Foundation and NOE will provide insights into the situation in Hungary, as a starting point for discussions with counterpart organisations from other EU countries.

We will examine the situation of these families in the following areas: housing, ECEC and work-life balance, and family care. The two main questions will be addressed in the discussions are the following:
-what are the challenges identified for single parents and large families?
-what solutions exist to address these challenges?

Objectives of the meeting:
1. Foster exchange between NGOs supporting families in different countries of the COFACE network;
2. Improve understanding of the specific needs of one-parent and large families;
3. Collect the information into a policy brief for publication.

Working language: English
Venue: Zoom

Programme

 

09.00-10.00  Welcome and introduction of the two host organisations – Large families and single parent families in Hungary and the EU context (COFACE)

10.00-11.00 Session 1: Housing
Country spotlight: Hungary (30 minutes)
Reactions and discussion from members

11.00-11.15  Coffee break

11.15-12.25  Session 2: ECEC and work-life balance
Introductory contribution about the Hungarian situation (10 minutes)
Country spotlight: Germany (30 minutes)
Reactions and discussion from members

12.25-13.25  Lunch break

13.25-14.35  Session 3: Family care for different care needs
Introductory contribution about the Hungarian situation (10 minutes)
Country spotlight: Spain (30 minutes)
Reactions and discussion from members

14.35-15.35  Session 4: Good practices for a life-cycle approach
National programmes and strategies to support young children, adolescents, persons with disabilities and the older persons
Introductory contribution about the Hungarian situation (10 minutes)
Reactions and discussion from members

15.35-15.50 Closing session
Conclusions and next steps

 

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