Brotherhood of St Laurence

July 2012 Includes bibliographical references Michael Horn from the Brotherhood of St Laurence was a contributor to the discussion.

Australia has much higher rates of income poverty and inequalities among children than Sweden and the other main Nordic nations. The aim of this publication is to identify what Australia can learn from the Nordic nations' policies to reduce inequalities, and increase wellbeing, among children. The symposium from which this publication has developed brought together a Nordic expert, and a small number of Australian experts including university academics and professional practitioners from community organisations, to focus on four related policy areas. These were: early, regular monitoring of children's health; enhanced quality and more equitable early childhood education and care (ECEC) through public provision (including the requisite workforce training and capacity); the provision of extensive paid parental leave and family-friendly working hours; and the provision of more employment to reduce joblessness among families with children so as to reduce child poverty. ; Contents: The reasons for looking to the Nordic nations to change children's chances in Australia / Andrew Scott - An overview of Nordic policy for children: Lessons for Australia on how to reduce inequalities/ Staffan Janson - The role of child health systems in reducing inequalities / Sharon Goldfeld - The importance of high quality and accessible early childhood education and care / Deborah Brennan - Paid parental leave as a basic tenet of a child friendly society / Andrew Scott - The central importance of parental employment for reducing child poverty in Australia / Peter Whiteford.

Changing childrens chances australia nordic countries2012.pdf

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