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Breaking the poverty cycle - Strengthening families and communities

Breaking the poverty cycle - Strengthening families and communities

SOS Children is organising two round tables in the European Parliament under the title “Breaking the poverty cycle - strengthening families and communities”.

SOS Children is organising two round tables in the European Parliament under the title “Breaking the poverty cycle - strengthening families and communities”. These events will be held in Brussels on 18-19 November and bring together key stakeholders at European and national levels to discuss causes for and consequences of the separation of children from their families.

SOS Children is active both in Europe and worldwide, through programmes targeting children without parental care as well as those at risk of losing this care. However, what most people know about our organisation is the "SOS family" model. The Quality4Children project, presented in the European Parliament in June 2007, highly contributed to broadening the image that NGOs and institutions like the EU have of our work ensuring quality care for children. This is why with these events, we want to show that we not only promote quality for children in care, but also work on quality care in families of origin to prevent separation.

“The family being the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth, well-being and protection of children, efforts should primarily be directed to enabling the child to remain in or return to the care of his/her parent, or […] other family members”. This statement from the United Nations Guidelines for the alternative care of children highlights a key element related to the protection and well-being of children who risk to lose parental care: the principle of necessity. This principle presents a clear preventive role for national policy and the need for resources to ensure supportive social work services. Too often, the reason why children are separated from their families is linked to poverty issues of their families.

Against this background, to better understand the issues at stake and the European framework in which this challenge can be addressed, the two round tables will have different approaches: one will focus on Europe, while the other focuses on countries outside the EU. Both events will feature speakers from European and national levels, representing both public authorities and civil society.