May 2021

May 2021
Porto Summit demonstrates commitment to a more social Europe but still no action plan in sight

At Porto’s Summit, heads of state and government pledged to work towards a more social Europe and fulfilling three headline targets on employment, training, and poverty reduction by 2030 but we are yet to find out about the plan to make it happen.  

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Making social recovery a reality

European Social Network webinar assesses planned investments through the recovery and resilience funds in social services in EU countries. 

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Latest from ESN
Spotlight on the crucial role of public social services in delivering a European Child Guarantee

Public social services have a specific, statutory duty to ensure children are protected and can thrive which is why their input on major policy initiatives, including the European Child Guarantee, is crucial. 

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European Social Services Conference
It’s time to choose your ESSC panel discussion

Safeguarding, Self-help and Community Support, and the integration of benefits and social services are crucial elements in making community care work for people in need. Read more.
Responsive Social Services: What does it mean to be “responsive” in the new normal?

How can government agencies embed responsiveness into their processes, systems, and cultures to meet their customers’ longer-term needs and expectations? Read more.
European Social Services Conference

Building More Resilient Social Services - See your effort rewarded

Do you want your services or programmes to be recognised at European level? If so, tell us how you made a difference in supporting vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic, and you could be a winner at the next European Social Services Awards (ESSA).

Apply now for the European Social Services Awards, and let us reward you for your tireless effort to improve people’s lives.
European News
Striving for accessibility for persons with disabilities in Europe

For many, accessibility is not an issue they face daily. However, people with disabilities are consistently made vulnerable by structures and systems that lead to exclusion. May 20 was Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an initiative that promotes the societal inclusion of persons with disabilities with a specific focus on digital accessibility.

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