April 2021

April 2021
Ahead of EU social summit fault lines emerge among Member States

An EU leaders’ social summit will take place in Porto on 7 and 8 May. Leaders of the European Council adopted the European Pillar of Social Rights at a similar summit in Gothenburg, Sweden in November 2017. Until now, the pillar has been little more than a declaration of good intentions with little traction. But the upcoming Porto event has been presented as a follow-up effort to ensure the objectives of 2017 are implemented.  READ MORE...
Promoting integrated care and support for older people with complex needs

According to the recently launched EU Green Paper on Aging, integration of care has the potential to contain the rising costs of health and social care. At the same, better service integration may help older people to remain independent for longer and increase their well-being, the Paper concluded. READ MORE...

Latest from ESN
Implementing European recommendations on reporting violence against children
The crucial role of public social services

ESN’s CEO, Alfonso Montero, speaking at the Council of Europe (CoE) Working Group on responses to violence against children, acknowledged that proper reporting is key to combating child abuse and expressed the readiness of ESN to support the work of the Group in ensuring the applicability of the guidelines developed to the daily work of reporting services. READ MORE...
Transforming Social Services through Digitalisation

The Covid-19 pandemic has further encouraged social services authorities to explore digitalisation and its benefits to case data management and service improvement. In this publication, we outline how public social services have been investing in digitalisation during the Covid-19 crisis, especially in warehousing, predictive analytics for future demand forecasting and remote monitoring.  READ MORE...
European Social Services Conference
The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) goes ONLINE on 30 June – 1 July 2021 with a focus on Rethinking the future of Community Care beyond Covid-19

The onsite conference will take place in Hamburg in 2022 on the impact of national transformation and recovery plans on social services and community care. If you already registered and paid for the onsite conference, you can participate in the ONLINE conference free of charge! And your participation is also guaranteed for the conference in 2022! We still kindly ask you to register for the online event. And there is a lot going on.
ESN Members Stories
Members Stories
Get to know our members 

By showcasing the values that inspire and motivate the important work of our members we hope to show the broad range of experience we hold as a network.  This month, we feature ‘The Community Integration Team’ project presented by Sérgio Lopes Cintra from Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa, Portugal. An initiative that aims to promote young people’s autonomy. READ MORE...
European News
EU ready for recovery
A call for Member States to act

The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the societies and economies of the 27 EU Member States for more than a year, so it comes as welcome news that earlier this month, the European Commission announced that the recovery instrument, NextGenerationEU, will increase in value to €800 billion at current prices. This creates unique opportunities for states and regions to reform social services – a necessary task for achieving resilience in the face of future crises, albeit with specific conditions. READ MORE...
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