Community of People Working on the Quality of Childhood

TheAlliance for Childhood European Network Group (AFC-E) held its first meeting in Brussels in 2006. The AFC-E is part of a global network of the Alliance for Childhood (see: the Alliance for Childhood in the USAthe Alliance for Childhood in Brazil and in the UK ). 



The AFC-E advocates for the good quality of childhood in the member states of the European Union and beyond based on two principles that are key elements for the child's well-being and growth as a human being:

  • the child is respected with his/her aspirations and rights to develop his/her inner potentials, and
  • he/she is nurtured by important adults and others within high quality relationships and sufficient material conditions.


Types of activity:

  • To maintain an international community of members (organisations and individuals) who have decided to work on the aims of the AFC-E, organise conferences with collaborators and participate in meetings organised by stakeholders with related aims. 
  • To help the Members of the European Parliament to develop an agenda with expert-talks for the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood (QoC) at the European Parliament.


Key results

  • The work has contributed to making the quality of childhood and the well-being of children more important on the political agenda, and encouraged members to work on the aims of the AFC-E in their respective geographical areas.
  • More than 40 QoC sessions have been organised at the European Parliament since 2006.
  • Four books have been published in 2010-2013.



Michiel Matthes, Secretary-General of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group