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Tackling poverty: EU recommendation on investing in children to be discussed at UK-wide conference in Cardiff, 12/12/14 [W]

A UK wide conference entitled ‘Investing in Children, Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ will be held in Cardiff on 16 December 2014.

The event will be hosted by the UK Alliance for Investing in Children, a UK-wide coalition made up of organisations committed to ending child poverty, facilitated by a partnership between Children in Wales, Children in Scotland, Children in Northern Ireland and Children England.

The Alliance is part of the European Joint Action led by the EU Alliance for Investing in Children, to push for the full implementation of the European Commission Recommendation Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage.

Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to suffer from social exclusion and health problems in the future, and also less likely to develop to their full potential later in life.  Breaking the cycle of disadvantage in early years and investing in children through a preventative approach allows reducing the risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Currently more than 3.5 million children in the UK face poverty and social exclusion.

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive of Children in Wales said:

“In this time of austerity it is critical to work together to tackle child poverty and understand the policies and practices in all parts of the UK and across Europe.”

The conference will present a unique opportunity for delegates to hear expert speakers from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland debating issues around child poverty.

The conference will consider the approaches taken across the four nations and highlight good practice in tackling child poverty, in the UK and in relation to wider EU initiatives.

The conference will take place at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff.  The Rt. Honourable Baroness Gillian Shephard, Deputy Chair of the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission will give the keynote speech and Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, will also be speaking about government policies in Wales.

The conference will be chaired by Catriona Williams OBE, CEO of Children in Wales and Commissioner on the UK Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, and Christine Chapman AM, Chair of Communities Equality and Local Government Committee, National Assembly for Wales.


  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.  We work closely with our members who comprise professionals, policy makers and consumer groups to improve the lives of all children living in Wales, but especially young children, those affected by family instability, disabled children and those suffering the effects of poverty and deprivation.  You can find out more about our work at www.childreninwales.org.uk
  2. The Alliance for Investing in Children (UK) is a new project led by Children in Wales working in partnership with Children in Scotland, Children England and Children in Northern Ireland. All these platforms have multi-sectorial membership. The UK Alliance is part of a wider Joint Action led by the EU Alliance for Investing in Children coalition. The aim of the Joint Action is ‘to ensure effective implementation of the European Commission Recommendation ‘Investing in Children-Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’ by facilitating stakeholder cooperation at EU and national level and support effective advocacy and communication activities’. You can find out more about the Alliance at https://www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/poverty/gynghrair-dros-fuddsoddi-mewn-plant-2/
  3. The European Commission Recommendation of 20.02.13,  Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage can be viewed and downloaded in full at http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=9762&langId=en
  4. For further information, please contact Cheryl Martin at Children in Wales on 02920 342434 or 07721568084 or email catriona.williams@childreninwales.org.uk.