Family policy in 2012. The role of the family, the neighborhood and the citizen in the Houses of the Child

This publication contains our yearly analysis of the family policy in Flanders, that we conduct for the occasion of the International Day of Families.

In the first part, Kathleen Emmery provides an overview of family-oriented measures in de Flemish and federal family policy in 2012.

In the second part, Pieter Rondelez discusses the European family-oriented measures of 2012, and the European policy concerning the combination of work and family.

Early 2014 a decree on the organization of preventive family support goes into effect. The ‘Houses of the Child’ will assemble the existing offer of family support in a central place in the neighborhood, or in a cooperation. Parents with questions about the development, the health or the education of their child, should be able to find their way to a support system more easily. These houses are also meant to stimulate social contact and cohesion. Each neighborhood or town is different, so each House of the Child will be unique.

The third part of the publications further investigates these developments in preventive family support:

  • Introduction by Leentje De Schuymer of Child & Family: ‘Houses of the Child as an instrument for local actors’
  • Contribution by Dirk Luyten: ‘Houses of the Child next to or within the local family policy?’
  • Kristien Nys analyzed the policy concerning parenting support and how it evolved substantively, in relation to the new policy on preventive family support.
  • Finally Hans Van Crombrugge discusses the role of parental responsibility in the Houses of the Child and compares this to similar models in other countries: ‘Are parents as citizens welcome?’

On May 15th 2013 we organized a debate on the possibilities the Houses of the Child can offer the existing networks and cooperations, the local municipalities and the neighborhoods.  

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