July 2021

July 2021
Community care needs investment and reform to become a key pillar of social welfare

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a grim toll on community social care across Europe. Previous lack of adequate investment had already left the sector without the necessary equipment to manage the crisis, which also raises questions about future funding.

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Latest from ESN
Funding Social Services Recovery

ESN's latest report gathers the analysis conducted by ESN members who agreed to review the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs) submitted by their national governments. The report covers 19 EU Member States and illustrates an analysis of public social services involvement in the development of the NRRPs and the content of the Plans regarding planned investments in the social services sector.

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SDG 16 on Ending Violence against Children

ESN's latest policy briefing has been drafted in the framework of the 2021 Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, this policy briefing addresses the crucial role played by social services in preventing, reporting and responding rapidly to all cases of child harm, neglect and abuse to advance the implementation of SDG16.2.

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European Social Services Conference
Opportunities and challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic for the social services workforce

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stress test of enormous proportions for the social services workforce. With the national spotlight on them, the challenges of coping with an increased workload coupled with a shrinking budget, were brought to light.

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The economic argument for community care

Is it possible to get value for money when investing in community care? That was the question discussed at the ‘Economics of Community Care’ plenary session of the European Social Services Conference organised by the European Social Network (ESN) on 30 June and 1 July 2021. 

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The ethics of care – addressing moral dilemmas in social services

For social services working with vulnerable populations, ethical issues are often present in practice. The Covid-19 pandemic has only added to these uncertainties. During the panel ‘Ethics in Community-Based Social Services’, speakers at the 28th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) organised by the European Social Network (ESN) addressed many of the moral dilemmas that social services workers face both in their daily work and in emergency circumstances.

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Exploring person-centred approaches to community care

A central component of community care is ensuring that services are tailored to the needs of the individual in terms of accessibility and practical implementation. At the European Social Services Conference (ESSC), we heard from three initiatives from across Europe with unique approaches to this principle of serving the needs of the individual.

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Going digital - new challenges and opportunities for social services

Technology has been instrumental in improving services, including remote counselling, individual support, case management and the collection, analysis and use of data to maximise the effectiveness of social interventions. However, there are also considerations regarding the use of personal data, particularly when it comes to sharing data between services and compliance with data legislation.

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European Social Services Awards
Under the theme ‘Building Resilience in Social Services’, this year's Awards will focus on efforts to foster more resilient services and communities. Apply now by 30 July for the European Social Services Awards (ESSA), and get your project recognised at European level. 
European News
First look at the social priorities of the Slovenian EU Council Presidency

Social inclusion as a political priority has been gathering momentum at EU level. On 1 July, Slovenia took over the rotating European Council presidency. The question now is: will the next trio presidency partner continue the progress made?

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