Stronger Families is a pioneering new Europe-wide initiative to help parents improve their skills and/or progress to employment. The project is a partnership between four long-established single parent support organisations: APERIO (Czech Republic), Intermedia (Italy), One Family (Republic of Ireland) and One Parent Families Scotland.
Across Europe, more and more one-parent families are living in poverty. Stronger Families is a pioneering new Europe-wide initiative to help parents improve their skills and/or progress to employment.
Valerie Maher (One Family) on the project:" Stronger Families is working to ensure the availability of accredited, innovative activation programmes for one parent families and those who work with them. This will ensure they can take their rightful place in the economy and the communities within which they live.
Stronger Families aims to support the professional development needs of those working with one-parent families, in relation to their specific needs, in as flexible a way as possible.
One parent families form about 10-15 percent of all families in most industrialized countries. We have outlined the key characteristics of single parents across Europe. However, the experiences and needs of one-parent households differ according to the age of both the parent and child, and that the vast majority of such households are single-mother households. Younger mothers and mothers with young children are the least-employed parent groups, and that this is exacerbated for single mothers. This is relevant to policy considerations, as the age composition of one-parent households also differs from State to State. Read more.