COFACE Core Values
COFACE – FAMILIES EUROPE is a network promoting the well-being, health and security of families and their members in a changing society. And serves as a trusted entity for family mainstreaming and for the voice/needs of families in the EU and beyond.
COFACE Families Europe is rooted in a set of six core values:
COFACE key activities
We advocate for families of all types without discrimination, bringing their voice to the table of European Union decision-making, ensuring that EU policies and legislation work in the general interest.
Furthermore, we support transnational exchanges between COFACE members (civil society organisations representing and supporting families) in the form of expert meetings, trainings, campaigns, conferences, webinars and more.
COFACE members are regularly updated and partners via the Families Corner newsletter, and interact with our social media communities.
A New Deal for Families of Today – COFACE highlights priorities for 2020-2024
This list of key short-term demands to be achieved by the new European Commission from 2020-2024, are to be seen as concrete steps to meet the long-term goals of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
HIGHLIGHTED COFACE NEWS
Inclusive housing and family carers: An exclusive survey by COFACE members, Unaf and APF France handicap
Unaf and APF France handicap published the results of a survey on carers in relation to inclusive housing which formulate recommendations for stakeholders in the field and public authorities.
COFACE Families Europe is looking for a Project and Advocacy Officer (4 days/week, permanent contract) on labour market discrimination
The Project and Advocacy Officer will join the COFACE secretariat in Brussels from early April 2023, working closely with COFACE Director and team members. They will be in charge of coordinating the dissemination work package of Paths2Include, a three-year Horizon Europe research project.
The aim of this policy brief is to take stock of how children with disabilities are covered in EU social policies, and to launch a broader reflection on how to deepen the interaction between disability and age in policy making.
You and the EU
The European Union develops different actions and laws to ensure family and child well-being.
And we at COFACE try to shape these actions based on our core values. These actions include:
- key guidelines and laws for national governments to strengthen their social and family policies;
- different long-term action plans to support governments;
- funding mechanisms to boost NGOs and families.
European Family Lab
Family supports & resilience in challenging times
Family supports are an essential part of making social rights a reality, and civil society has grown over decades to create a wide range of supports to families and children to ensure health and well-being.
Now, more than ever, it is important to connect professionals in real time through transnational exchanges in order to tackle the social impacts of different transitions (digital, green, energy, health) on families and children.
We believe the European Family Lab is the place to connect them, serving as an innovation incubator for ideas and cross-country knowledge transfer to help family professionals deliver the best possible supports for Europeans. We are building the Lab virtual room by virtual room, with a newly launched Education&Training programme for upskilling of professionals and families: the L.I.N.K. Programme.
COMING UP with COFACE
DigiGen research has identified two main areas where interventions can support the development of children and young people’s resilience and mitigate vulnerabilities introduced or enhanced by the digital environment.
COFACE Families Europe is bringing together its members, EU institutions, and European partner organisations for a half-day capacity-building event to discuss key tips and practices to boost diverse participation in the 2024 European elections through communications.
The online exchange for COFACE and COFACE Disability members will especially focus on child-staff ratio in ECEC as a primary driver for child well-being and family engagement.