March 2021

March 2021
European Plans and Recovery Funding
Striving for a Sustainable Deal for Europe’s Social Services

Social services and social care play a key role in helping the most vulnerable face the social and economic consequences of the pandemic and preventing lockdowns from turning into social exclusion. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has placed additional pressure on a sector already under stress, further exposing pre-existing gaps and weaknesses of existing social welfare systems.  READ MORE...
Breaking the cycle of violence against children

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, violence against children and the need to act has become even more pronounced, due to disruptions in prevention and response services. Public social services have a statutory duty to protect all children from violence, but this duty transcends social services and applies to all public services working with children. READ MORE...

Latest from ESN
Ending Violence Against Children 
Public Social Services Role in implementing the SDGs

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every year at least 55 million children in Europe suffer some form of physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological violence. Since public social services are responsible for protecting children from any form of violence, the European Social Network (ESN) held a webinar to discuss their role in achieving SDG 16.2 on ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and all forms of violence against children. READ MORE...
One Year into the Pandemic
Reporting its social impact

The Covid-19 crisis has tested our immune systems, but it has also tested social services systems across Europe. While we have grown increasingly accustomed to being reminded about the consequences of Covid-19 on our health and our economies, we are far less aware of the impact that the pandemic has had on social inclusion. READ MORE...
ESN Members Stories
Members Stories
Get to know our members 

By highlighting the values that inspire and motivate the important work of our members, we are showcasing stories that illustrate the breadth of expertise across our network. This month, we feature an approach to social work called ‘Strength-based Working and Community-Led Support’ presented by Sue Wald from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services in EnglandREAD MORE...
European News
Making the European Pillar of Social Rights reality
Three Steps Forward

Three key documents were published by the European Commission this month to help with the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR), a set of 20 principles to advance towards more inclusive European societies.  

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