Almost 27 million children in Europe are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. By hitting both employment and welfare systems, the financial and economic crisis that started in 2008 has severely affected children and their families across Europe. The number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Europe has increased substantially since then – with an increase of half a million children in only one year between 2011 and 2012. The EU is moving away from its Europe 2020 target set to reduce poverty – hence introducing a sub-target on reducing child poverty would be crucial.
The Investing in Children Alliance is coordinated by Eurochild, member of EAPN. EAPN is also a member of the Alliance.