Children’s Experiences with Poverty and Social Exclusion – Challenges for Research and Policies

Vienna, 28-29 June 2007

Funded by
Childwatch International Research Network
and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Health, Family and Youth

Hosted by
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna

This 1,5-days workshop is dealing with questions on how children experience (extreme) poverty and social exclusion, how they deal with difficult living conditions and what helps them to cope these experiences. Special emphasis will be given to research findings about resilience, namely to factors that avoiding negative effects of poverty and social exclusion for the present well-being of children, their development and their future perspectives. Research where children were actively involved and their views and experiences were seriously taken into account is of particular interest.

The objectives of the workshop are:
  • To build a platform for exchange and discussions of research findings on this topic and experiences in different European countries
  • To identify gaps in this field of research and therefore to contribute to the further development of the childhood research agenda at the international level
  • To strengthen interdisciplinary child research
  • To underline the importance of taking childrens views and experiences in research and policies into account (in accordance with the UN-Convention)
  • To contribute to policy debates about child poverty through providing information and research findings on child poverty and social exclusion from the viewpoint of children as well as by discussing innovative possible policy solutions
  • To discuss possibilities of preparing a cross-national research project on this topic
  • To contribute to the preparations of the 3-days Workshop Rethinking Poverty and Children in the View of the Millenium: Linking Research and Policy in Oslo/ Norway, 17-19 September 2007 (jointly organized by Childwatch International Research Network and CROP)

The workshop is limited to 20 participants. All participants will be expected to take part in the proceedings (in English), by either presenting or discussing papers.

Organized by
Renate Kraenzl-Nagl, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna
Daniel Gerbery, Institute for Labour and Family Research, Bratislava
Mona Sandbaek, Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo

European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Research Area "Childhood, Youth and Families"
Berggasse 17
A - 1090 Vienna, Austria
Tel. 0043 1 319 45 05 - 15

Summary of the workshop
Programme of the workshop
Organisational Details
List of Participants
Presentation Abela
Presentation Hölscher
Presentation Ridge
Presentation Sandbaek
Presentation II Sandbaek
Presentation Spyrou
Presentation Whiteford
Presentation Kutsar
Presentation Kvapilova
Presentation Tsanova
Presentation Zander

Brief CVs of all participants

Publications and Background Readings
Innocenti Working Paper, Bradshaw, Hoelscher, Richardson, 2006
Innocenti Working Paper, van der Hoek, 2005
What Works Best in Reducing Child Poverty: A Benefit or Work Strategy?, Whiteford, Adema, 2007
UNICEF Key findings, 2007
Fostering Resilience among Children in Difficult Life Circumstances, Yitzhak Berman, 2007
Child Poverty in Rich Countries, Innocenti Report No. 6, 2005
Including Children? Developing a coherent approach to CHILD POVERTY and SOCIAL EXCLUSION across Europe, Ruxton, Bennett, 2002
A New Welfare Architecture for Europe?, Esping-Andersen, Gallie, Hemerijck, Myles, 2001
Network on Social Inclusion and Income Distribution Final Report, 2005
Valuing Children, Valuing Parents, ATD Fourth World, 2004
EU Communication “Towards an EU Strategy on the rights of the child”, 2006

External Weblinks
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Basic document which include universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies
Cross-national, comparative information about policies and services to address child, youth and family needs.

Innocenti Research Centre
Leading research centre on children’s issues in national and international agendas

Access to number of surveys, studies and working papers in the field of welfare and social issue.

Luxembourg Income Study
Access to databases and working papers in the field of poverty, particularly children’s poverty.

Network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people.

Childwatch International Research Network
Childwatch International is a nonprofit, nongovernmental network of institutions engaged in research for children. The Network seeks to strengthen child-centred research to contribute towards real improvement in children's well-being.

ChildONEurope: European Network of National Observatories on Childhood

Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

European Children's Network (Euronet)
The European Children's Network - EURONET - is a coalition of networks and organisations campaigning for the interests and rights of children (defined in the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as all persons under 18 years of age). They share a common concern that children's rights should be taken into account in all EU legislation, policies and programmes which have an impact on children's rights.