The Council of Europe and Family Policy

Why do we protect the family – and how?

Social cohesion, democracy and human rights, the Council of Europe’s core values, are first experienced and learnt in the family environment. Families play an essential role in the individual’s emotional development and in preparing children for life in society. The family is often called upon to support its vulnerable members such as elderly people and people with disabilities.

Therefore, the Council of Europe promotes the social, legal and economic protection of families. Being aware of the existence of different family forms, we pay special attention to vulnerable family members, gender equality and children's rights.

Families and children in Council of Europe treaties: