Familles et enfants

The 3rd Child Well-being Expert Consultation


OECD - UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti - European Commission - Chrildren's Worlds 

24th-25th November 2015, OECD Conference Centre Room CC7 

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Rapporteur: Olivier Thévenon


Day 1

9.30 to 9.45

Opening session: Third Joint OECD-UNICEF-EC Child Well-being Consultation

Welcoming messages: 

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff, Sherpa to the G20 and Special Counsellor to the Secretary-General

Sarah Cook, Director of UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Julius op de Beke, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission

Asher Ben Arieh, Representative of the Children’s Worlds

Following the introduction and welcoming comments from the convening bodies, Olivier Thevenon will outline the plans for the meeting, and intended outcomes. 

9.45 to 11.15

Session 1: A Children’s Worlds Key findings from a new survey of children’s subjective well being

Moderator: Lawrence Berger

Presenters: Asher Ben-Arieh, Jonathan Bradshaw, Ferran Casas, Gwyther Rees (presentation)

This session will introduce the key findings of the Children’s Worlds Survey. Children’s Worlds is a global survey on children’s subjective well-being, funded by the Jacobs Foundation. This session will introduce the project together with the survey methodology and the how and what to ask children as young as 8 years of age in regards to their own well-being. The main findings from the second wave of data collection, which is composed of representative samples of 16 countries with 55,000 children will then be presented, and the implication of children's views for both policy and future research will be discussed.

Participants are invited to contribute their own work and understanding of the issues, and to reflect on the contribution this survey will have on the work undertaken in the field of comparison of, and monitoring tools for, children’s well-being.

11.15 to 11.45 


11.45 to 13.00 

Session 2: UNICEF session

Moderator: Jonathan Bradshaw

Presenters: Yekaterina Chzhen, Dominic Richardson

This session will introduce two ongoing projects from the Office of Research – Innocenti in two parts. The first part will introduce the background analysis for Report Card 13 on inequality in child well-being (presentation). The second part of the session will discuss a meta-analysis of longitudinal studies of the determinants of child well-being, and in particular how complementarities in child well-being outcomes can inform policy responses to indicators such as the OECD BLI or the Sustainable Development Goals (presentation).

Participants are invited to comment on the ongoing work, and suggest ways in which the analysis can be adapted or improved. Participants are also invited to express how these data are important for informing global responses to child well-being indicator initiatives, including the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals.

Room document: Draft working paper “Child well-being, education, and the lifecourse: complementarities and priorities”.

13.00 to 14.30


14.30 to 16.00

Session 3: How’s Life for children?

Moderator: Sabine Andresen

Presenters: Romina Boarini, Koji Miyamoto, Rowena Phair, Dominic Richardson

This session will introduce two recent OECD projects. First, the findings and implications of the OECD’s How’s Life for Children?(presentation) publication as part of OECD Better Life Initiative. Second, the OECD’s Longitudinal Study of Social and Emotional Skills in Cities (presentation), scheduled to be launched in 2020. Thirdly, a new project on children’s early learning (presentation), which is aiming to help countries improve the impact and effectiveness of children’s early learning experiences.

Room document: Recently published chapter 4 “How’s Life for Children? in OECD How's Life (2015)”

16.00 to 17.00 

Session 4: European Commission session

Moderator: Willem Adema

Presenters: Julius Op De Beke, Maria Vaalavuo

This session will present the European Commission’s recommendation on Investing in Children and the new Fresh Start Initiative on the reconciliation between work and family. It will also focus on social gradient in childcare (presentation) addressing the issues of both equal access and equal use and the difference between the two aspects. 



Day 2

9.00 to 11.00

Session 5: Diversification of family types and child well-being: what we do and don’t know?

Moderator: Tiziana Nazio

Presenters: Sabine Andresen, Jennifer Baxter (presentation), Lawrence Berger (presentation), Tamar Dinisman, Juho Härkönen, Wendy Sigle (presentation)

The first session of day will provide an overview of the knowledge about the relationships between family structures on child outcomes.

11.00 to 11.30


11.30 to 13.00

Session 6: Policy developments in response to the diversification of family forms

Moderator: Olivier Thévenon

Presenters: Emilie Biland (presentation), Pierre-Yves Cusset (presentation), Livia Olah (presentation), Petter Odmak (presentation)

The second session of day two will discuss policies responding to the evolution of families. Speakers from NGOs or national administrations will share their experience regarding how to best respond to changes in family environment over childhood. Policy options to address the consequences of the diversification of family types on children standards of living will also be discussed.

13.00 to 14.00


14.00 to 16.00

Session 7: Future work orientations

Moderator: Monika Queisser

Presenters: Martin Evans (presentation), Dominic Richardson (presentation), Olivier Thévenon (presentation)

The final session of day two will discuss the proposed orientations for future work. It includes an analysis of the long-term trends in child poverty, the development of information on family living arrangements and their relations with children’s well-being. Comparative work on how policies respond to family dissolution and changing family forms will also be proposed.


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If you wish to find out more about this meeting, please contact:

Mr. Olivier Thévenon, tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 60 04, email:

Ms. Elma Lopes, tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 94 52, email:



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