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Forgotten children: work-family reconciliation in the EU

James, G. (2013) Forgotten children: work-family reconciliation in the EU. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 34 (3). pp. 363-379. ISSN 1469-9621

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09649069.2012.750485


At the core of this article is a discussion of how, why and with what implications, considerations of children’s needs are missing from the EU’s work-family reconciliation framework. Part I demonstrates how the EU has failed to properly identify, let alone acknowledge or promote, children’s interests in relation to work-family reconciliation. An examination of relevant legislation and case law shows how children are ‘missing’ from this policy area, which has huge implications for their day to day lives. Part II then considers the reasons behind, and consequences of, this reluctance to engage with children’s interests in reconciliation laws and shows how children’s well-being could be better incorporated into relevant policies and within the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice. This section highlights, for example, how the EU has been willing and able to promote children’s interests in other legal fields and suggests that changes in the Treaty, post Lisbon, offer a means to improve the current approach.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:30636

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