Community of People Working on the Quality of Childhood in Europe


The Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

is the community of people working for

Improving the Quality of Childhood in Europe


The Alliance for Childhood European Network Group (AFC-ENG) was set up in 2006 by Michiel Matthes and Christopher Clouder, and it held its first meeting in Brussels in that same year. It has partners (organizations and individuals) from over 15 European countries. (See the list of the partners here.)


The AFC-ENG welcomes new partners, whether organizations or individuals.  (See Finances.) 


Dutch ANBI-status has been granted since 1st January 2017. 


TheAlliance for Childhood European Network Group (AFC-ENG) held its first meeting in Brussels in 2006. The founding members were Christopher Clouder and Michiel Matthes. The AFC-ENG 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 ). AFC-ENG furthermore cooperates closely with the Learning for Well-being Foundation. Website of their magazine is here


Please download the brochure of AFC-ENG here.

The Council

The Council is the main policy making body within the organisation. Its members are:


Clara Aerts, Director of IASWECE, Belgium
Christopher Clouder, Co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood, UK
Daniel Kropf, the founder and Executive Vice Chair of the Learning for Well-being Foundation
Michiel Matthes, Co-founder and Chair of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group
Lea Pulkkinen, Professor emerita at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Chair of the Haukkala Foundation
Nickel van der Vorm, from NIVOZ, Netherlands


Our Vision

European societies placing the quality of childhood in the centre of all their activities and thoroughly assessing the effects of their decisions on children.


Our Mission

  • To increase the respect for childhood as a basis for human development and to create awareness of the needs of all children.
  • To develop and inspire ideas for solutions to those problems which could endanger the good quality of childhood.
  • To provide a platform for contacts, inspiration, exchange, peer learning, encouragement and dialogue among policy makers, decision makers, researchers, practitioners, parents and all people that have an influence on children’s lives.


Our Methods


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Impact of the AFC-ENG

The Alliance provides a space for reflection about the way that children are brought up in our societies, about the habits and practices that diminish the Quality of Childhood, and about ways that could improve it. In this domain a large group of experts and pioneers - from many European countries and beyond - have been brought together, and a vast body of knowledge has been gathered and made available to policy makers, practitioners, politicians and the public at large.

These activities have also had an impact on the members of the Alliance, and through them on the societies of which they are a part.



Michiel Matthes, Chairman of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

Tel: +32.(0)473895179


Chiara Piccolo, Brussels' Representative