Children in Welfare States and Family Policy Analysis

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC06 Family Research (host committee)

Language: English

In family policy and welfare regime research the child perspective (understood here as children’s position and entitlements, and the underlying normative conceptions of childhood) has been largely overlooked. Care-related welfare and family policies are mainly targeted at adult citizens/workers (especially women, as primary carers) and research has focused on women’s rights and gender issues. Yet, the child perspective is an important analytical framework for these fields, in particular in the context of UNCRC, which established in 1989 children’s right to have their best interests assessed and taken into account as a primary consideration in all public actions or decisions that affect them.

Studying the inequalities that children face in family and social policies becomes increasingly complex because of major contemporary trends such as the diversification of family forms, and processes of civic stratification in response to migratory flows. Shifting the focus from adult citizens/workers’ right to give and receive care, to children's own right to be cared for, provides a useful lens to study these inequalities. We therefore invite papers on topics such as:

  • Inequalities in children’s access/eligibility to care-related schemes due to non-standard family models or non-standard citizenship status of parents ;
  • Inequalities in access/eligibility and generosity of care-related schemes according to birth order;
  • The role of grandparents in childcare and their access to childcare-related schemes;
  • Reconsidering welfare regime and family policy typologies in view of new criteria formulated within the child perspective
  • Combining the child perspective with gender equality 
Session Organizers:
Laura MERLA, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Anna KUROWSKA, University of Warsaw, Poland
Anna KUROWSKA, University of Warsaw, Poland
Laura MERLA, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Oral Presentations
Increasing Family Diversity and Persistent Normative Conceptions of Childhood in Public Social Services and Early Education Services
Manuela NALDINI, University of Turin, Italy; Arianna SANTERO, University of Turin, Italy; Roberta BOSISIO, University of Turin, Italy
Children of Lone Parents in Nordic Welfare States: Left behind or Ensured Equal Opportunities?
Ann-Zofie DUVANDER, Stockholm University, Sweden; Gudny EYDAL, University of Iceland, Iceland, Iceland
Solutions of Early Childhood Education and Care in Families with One-Year Old Children in Finland
Johanna LAMMI-TASKULA, THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare), Finland
Child’s Family? Discursive Constructions By Finnish Childcare Administrators
Petteri EEROLA, University of Tampere, Finland; Maiju PAANANEN, University of Tampere, Finland; Katja REPO, University of Tampere, Finland
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