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Improving life chances for children and breaking cycles of deprivation - focus on health and social care

Children in poverty have greater risk of health problems, with poor nutrition, inadequate housing conditions and insufficient medical care increasing the likelihood of illness and disability. The costs of medical treatment can be a particular barrier to healthcare, while lack of information and poor accessibility can also impact negatively on the health of poor children. Under this area the Network will consider which policies and strategies, operating at regional or local level, are working most successfully to improve the life chances of children. Particular attention will be devoted to strategies targeting children from disadvantaged groups, such as children with disabilities, ethnic minorities and children in care.

Network partners will meet in Helsinki in April 2008 to define and analyse common challenges and effective solutions under this theme. If you would like to receive further information on this area and on Helsinki events please email

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