Families and children

Doing Better for Families: 8 key indicators

 

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  1. Average household size and living arrangements of adolescents
  2. Employment patterns among couple families with children
  3. Poverty rates among households with children by employment status of adults
  4. Public expenditure on childcare services and female employment rates
  5. Public expenditure on family benefits and child poverty rates
  6. Average OECD social spending on families by child age and type of intervention
  7. Female employment rates and time spent on unpaid work by gender
  8. Parental leave entitlements for fathers

 

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1.

Today families in OECD countries are small and fewer children grow up in families with both parents ...

The average household size is 2.6 members and 1 in 4 adolescents live in sole-parent or step-parent families.


Average household size (mid-2000s) and living arrangements of adolescents (2005/06)

MB1-Personnes en âge de travailler (20-64 ans) par personne en âge de la retraite (65ans+)

 

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2.

In most OECD countries, the male-breadwinner is no longer the norm ...

In 2008, around 60% of couple families were dual-earner families.


Employment patterns among couple families with children aged 0-14, 2008

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3.

Having parents in paid work is key to reducing poverty risks ...

On average, poverty risks are more than 10 times higher in jobless families than in dual-earner families.


Poverty rates among households with children by employment status of adults, mid-late 2000s

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4.

Family friendly support in the early years are positively related with work and family outcomes ...

In 9 out of 10 countries with high spending in childcare, more women work and more children are born.


Public expenditure on childcare services and female employment rates, 2007

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Public spending on families and children also help shape child well-being outcomes ...

All countries with above average public expenditure on family benefits have lower than average child poverty rates.


Public expenditure on family benefits and child poverty rates, around 2007

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6.

Public resources need to be spent wisely on families with young children: spending early and sustaining it through childhood saves long term costs ...

Public spending by OECD countries on families with children up to age six accounts for only a quarter of all family spending.


Average OECD social spending on families by child age and type of intervention, 2007

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7.

Parental work is central to child and family well-being. A challenge to higher female employment is the burden of unpaid work ...

On average, per day, women do 2.5 hours more unpaid work than men. Countries with higher female employment rates have a more equal gender distribution of unpaid working time.


Female employment rates and time spent on unpaid work by gender, 2007

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8.

Men should have and use more parental leave entitlements. This would encourage better sharing of housework and childcare ...

Leave entitlements for fathers exists in around half of OECD countries, ranging from around 2 days up to 17 weeks.


Weeks of leave entitlements for fathers, 2007

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