What is the Lab?

Now, more than ever, it is important to connect professionals in real time through transnational exchanges in order to tackle the social impacts of COVID-19 on families and children. Certainly, we believe the European Family Lab is the place to connect them. This can serve as an innovation incubator for ideas and cross-country knowledge transfer to help family professionals deliver the best possible supports for families and children.  We are building the Lab virtual room by virtual room:

A Breakfast Byte webinar series for people to meet and connect with family professionals

A COFACE TV channel collecting videos on policy and practice

A European Observatory on Family Policy, as a platform for the observation, analysis and dissemination of evidence on family policy.

L.I.N.K. An Education and Training Programme for upskilling of professionals and families.

Breakfast bytes webinar series


We launched a webinar series in 2021 to spread knowledge about NGO-driven family supports. But also to put the spotlight on the wide range of family supports in the COFACE network, and grow our international community of practice.  Specifically, family supports are an essential part of making social rights a reality.


Namely, the target group of the webinars is especially professionals working with families and children but is open to all (researchers, policy-makers, teachers, health workers, families, and more). Meet and connect with family professionals every month in 2022, for a 90-minute online webinar (from 9.30-11.00 Brussels time) to learn about family support and put your questions to our experts.

Check out the full series in our Events section!

COFACE online exchange on the EU Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) regulation

COFACE online exchange on the EU Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) regulation

The CSA regulation was proposed in May 2022 aiming to better regulate risk assessments and detection of CSA online, imposing different obligations on tech industries, and also setting up an EU centre responsible for the monitoring and implementation of the regulation.

More Info


This is our YouTube channel collecting videos on policy and practice to support families and children in different areas of life. It contains different playlists on family supports, digital citizenship, consumer education, cyberbullying and more. 

It also includes recordings of the breakfast byte webinar presentations.

Click here to view the videos.

L.I.N.K: An education and training programme for lifelong learning on social rights


The European Family Lab L.I.N.K. programme is your virtual gateway to deepen your knowledge to better support families and children in your community.

L.I.N.K. (Learning and Innovating through New Knowledge) focuses on key social challenges of our times. The educational tools and courses of L.I.N.K. are based on values of human rights, non-discrimination, gender equality, social inclusion, diversity, empowerment, and intergenerational solidarity, with the ambition to offer demand-driven and needs-based training programmes on family-related issues for upskilling of professionals and families.