Child and Youth Well-Being on the European Political Agenda

  • Leonie Backeberg
  • Britta Busse
Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 19)


The term well-being is a comprehensive concept that has been interpreted in research as well as in politics with diverse emphasis. When handling a more or less open concept like this, different aspects and political levels need to be addressed in order to achieve a solid basis for policy-based actions. In this chapter, we shed light on current political agendas contributing to child and youth well-being in the European Union member states. We take into consideration existing laws and regulations as well as expert evaluations of their efficacy. We analyse notable differences when it comes to the establishment of child and youth well-being on different political levels (EU, state, regional level). We argue that working towards a common standard for child and youth well-being across the EU member states requires: i) A common understanding of what children’s and young people’s basic needs are, ii) That these basic needs should be covered in every EU country, iii) A monitoring system for understanding the implementation of these needs should be established. Therefore, we describe the state of the art of these prerequisites in the EU on the basis of a secondary-analysis of national laws, regulations and expert interviews from all EU member states. We seek to highlight encouraging as well as unfavourable aspects of the political advancement of children’s and young people’s well-being across the EU.


Child well-being Evidence based policy Policy intervention European Union 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute Labour and EconomyUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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