Child-related and Family Policy During Covid-19: Analysing Developments and Constructing a Database

This presentation will outline the database on child-related policy during COVID-19 and present some preliminary findings from an analysis of developments. Part-funded by UNICEF Innocenti, the database, which is intended to be made public later this year, covers over 40, mainly high-income, countries. The period of analysis is from March to December 2020 and 6 policy fields are covered: measures to combat child hunger or improve food supply; financial subsidies and supports to families with children; access to early childhood education and care; children’s access to education; children’s access to health services; parental leave from employment for childcare. As well as describing the selection and construction of indicators and policy fields and presenting some cross-national patterns in the policies adopted and the capacities of countries to mobilise a child-focused response in COVID-19 times, the presentation will outline the challenges encountered and draw implications for the conceptualisation and measurement of child and family policy during COVID-19 and beyond.

This is a hybrid event, taking place in the Violet Butler Room, Department of Social Policy and Intervention and on Microsoft Teams.

Invitations with an MS Teams link will be sent to all DSPI members the day before each presentation.