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Celebrating the First International Day of Play 

Celebrating the First International Day of Play 

On 11 June 2024, the world celebrated its first International Day of Play. This initiative was driven by a coalition of global organisations who urged the United Nations General Assembly to establish it through a UN resolution. Adopted on 25 March, the resolution underscores the essential role of play in children's lives, highlighting its importance for education and well-being. It also stressed its role for inclusivity, resilience, and tolerance, ensuring that every child can have access to sufficient leisure time and can play freely. 

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Dutch COFACE member Pro Parents campaign on safer standards for pregnant workers

Dutch COFACE member Pro Parents campaign on safer standards for pregnant workers

Dutch COFACE member Pro Parents are stressing the importance of strong safety standards and adequate conditions for women working during pregnancy. 50% of pregnant women in the Netherlands work in unsafe conditions. This shocking statistic was recently uncovered from research by Dr. Monique van Beukering. Dr van Beukering is a company doctor, scientific researcher and domain expert at Pro Parents Workplace Wellbeing. 

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Tulip Foundation publish series of books for children to talk about the body  

Tulip Foundation publish series of books for children to talk about the body  

For the last 7 years, Bulgarian COFACE member Tulip Foundation has run its Sure Start programme. The Sure Start programme operates in family community centres and aims to support the development of families with young children’s parenting skills, from birth until preschool. 
The programme is implemented with the support of local partners across different municipalities. One of the key topics is sexual abuse, and the focus is on raising parents’ and children’s awareness of child sexual abuse and its various forms. Special attention is also paid to the risks online.  

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Key takeaways from COFACE financial inclusion meeting 

Key takeaways from COFACE financial inclusion meeting 

On the 4th of June, COFACE-Families Europe held a financial inclusion meeting to discuss key priorities in financial inclusion at the European level, learn about political developments and the “Reset Finance” campaign from Finance Watch, and share good practices through the work of COFACE’s Spanish member Isadora Duncan. The event gathered members and attendees from across Europe to address the pressing issues faced by families in Europe related to economics and finance. 

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European Commission launches toolkit to support social housing in Member States 

European Commission launches toolkit to support social housing in Member States 

The European Commission has released a new toolkit to help policymakers make the best use of EU funding to invest in social housing and accompanying services. This initiative addresses the urgent need for affordable and decent housing, which is crucial for social inclusion and enables greater participation in education and the labour market. 

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Ligue des Familles publishes its 2024 family barometer

Ligue des Familles publishes its 2024 family barometer

Belgian COFACE member, Ligue des familles, recently published its family barometer report which provides a wealth of information on the state and evolution of families in Belgium. The barometer is published every two years, giving families a crucial chance to have their voices heard. The 2024 edition reveals the scale of some of the difficulties faced by families, as well as some problems identified as early as 2015 that remain persistent. 

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A week of digital awareness for families with Unaf France

A week of digital awareness for families with Unaf France

Since 2017, the City of Paris has implemented a digital inclusion strategy with numerous partners, aiming to use digital technology as a lever for social integration. In 2024, COFACE member Unaf participated in the launch of the week-long event dedicated to digital parenting titled "My Child and Screens" and brought its 20 years of field experience and expertise to the discussions

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