The conference “Vulnerable Families – What can Europe do?” was co-organised by COFACE and ICA, the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. The Conference was hosted by the Irish Presidency of the EU in the Dublin Castle on the 4th and 5th February 2013.
In the current economic and social climate we couldn’t have chosen a better topic than shining the spotlight on the families who are the most vulnerable, therefore suffering the most from the economic downturn and the shrinking labour market. Cuts due to austerity measures put these families in further risk as they lose out on vital services, like housing, social services and health services.
It is not easy to define what makes a family vulnerable, or at risk. In order to focus the conference, we have chosen three dimensions of vulnerability, where we would explore the causes, the current situation, and most importantly, what needs to be done in the immediate future to prevent further impoverishment and families and children living in unacceptable circumstances.