Combating child poverty: an issue of fundamental rights

Almost 25 million children under 18 are at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU. Poverty deprives children of educational
opportunities, childcare, access to health care, adequate food and housing, family support and even protection from violence.
This report outlines data and survey findings that highlight the magnitude of child poverty in the EU, but also presents tools
available to counter this phenomenon and keep track of progress made.

Children living in poverty are more likely to become impoverished adults whose own children will live in poverty. Breaking this cycle of disadvantage presents a serious challenge, but efforts to do so are gaining momentum. 

This report aims to foster action to help make tomorrow’s Europe truly social by investing in our future – Europe’s children – today.