The Council of Europe Family Policy Database

The Council of Europe family policy database is a unique source of reference
for all policy-makers, practioners and researchers who want to gain a better understanding of how family policies work - from Iceland to Azerbaijan, from Norway to Greece. It was set up to address the demand for up-to-date and comparative data on family policies across greater Europe.

The database contains key quantitative data, but its main focus is on qualitative information on all relevant sectors of family policy. It covers 40 of the Council of Europe's 47 member States, including all members of the European Union.

The information in the database was provided by the ministries responsible for family affairs on the respective Council of Europe member States and co-ordinated by members of the European Committee for Social Cohesion and the Committee of Experts for Social Policy for Families and Children. The national contributions have not been edited by the Council of Europe and for the time being, some are available in French only.

To learn more about the database, please contact: familypolicy@coe.int.

Information in the database is organised under the following headings:

0. Structural indicators

1. Institutional framework and family policy objectives

2. Financial policies aimed at families

3. Reconciliation of work and family life

4. Family law and children's rights

5. Policies dealing with family difficulties

6. Parenting support


0. Structural indicators

   Social benefits as % of GDP and impact of social transfers
   Demographic indicators
   Employment rates by gender, part-time employment

1. Institutional framework and family policy objectives

    1.1. Institutional framework
    Government bodies responsible for family policy
    Co-ordination between family policy and other policies (+ comparative table)
   Relationship between government and non-governmental organisations
   Plans for changes in 2008 and 2009

   1.2. Family policy objectives
   Main family policy objectives (+ comparative table)
   Concerns and policy drivers underlying the objectives
   Policy objectives on reconciling work and family life
   Shifts in policy objectives over the last decade

   Sources on institutional framework and objectives of family policy


2. Financial policies aimed at families

    2.1. Family/child allowances
   System of family/child allowances (+ comparative table)
   Trends over the last years
   Public debate on family/child allowances

    2.2. Fiscal policies
   Tax deductions and benefits for families
   Major changes over the last years

    2.3. Other family benefits
   Social security benefits by categories (children, lone parents, poor families, etc.)

   Sources on financial policies towards families


3. Reconciliation of work and family life

    3.1. Protection of mothers in the workplace
   System of protection of mothers in the workplace

    3.2. Flexible working
   Flexible and part-time working; impact on gender equality

    3.3. Leave arrangements
   Maternity leave (+ comparative tables)
   Paternity leave (+ comparative tables)
   Parental leave (+ comparative tables)
   Other leave arrangements / time off (+ comparative table)
   Leave / time off to care for adult dependants (+ comparative table)
   Estimates for take up of leave

    3.4. Services provision
   Child care services (+ comparative tables)
   Timetables for children in primary school
   Informal child care systems
   Care provisions for the elderly and other dependant adult persons

   Sources on reconciliation of work and family life


4. Family law and children's rights

    4.1. Marriage and cohabitation
   Legislation on marriage
   Legislation on cohabitation

    4.2. Divorce and parenthood
   Legislation on divorce
   Child custody and maintenance
   Family mediation

    4.3. Rights of children (in judicial procedures, etc.)

   Sources on family law and children's rights


5. Policies dealing with family difficulties

    5.1. Violence in the family
   Legal framework on family violence
   Policy on corporal punishment of children

    5.2. Stress and other difficulties in the family
   Counselling services for family members
   Removing parental authority

   Sources on policies dealing with family difficulties


6. Parenting support
   Policies to help parents with child-raising
   Providers and beneficiaries of parenting programmes
   Compulsory parenting programmes for families at risk

   Sources on parenting support