Supporting children in need of parental care and their care givers

‘The assistance provided is paramount in supporting caregivers to not feel alone in the journey of bringing up a child’

The City of Vilnius is the authority which ensures the provision of social services to the people of Vilnius help them to live in dignity. Nadežda Buinickienė is the head of the Social Services Division, told ESN about their process for children in need of parental care, and its approach to supporting families.

 

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Adding value to older people’s lives through fostering active ageing

The Agency for Sustainable and Operative Social Provision (DOST Agency) DOST Agency is a public-legal entity under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan which provides the Republic of Azerbaijan population with the accessible modern, operative, and electronic services offered by the government.

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The Swiss Conference for Social Welfare: Supporting further education to tackle the precarities of a shifting labour market

The Swiss Conference for Social Aid and Welfare (SKOS) is the national professional association for social aid and welfare and is responsible in Switzerland for issuing guidelines, frameworks, and position papers and monitoring social services, amongst other things. As there is no federal legislation on social welfare, the recommendations of SKOS have an important role for the 26 Swiss cantons.

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Using a ‘traffic light’ risk assessment tool to improve efficiency, quality, and safety of service provision

Tal Lento is a Research Associate in the Quality Assurance Team of The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, Israel’s leading centre for applied social research and consulting. She told us about the risk management tool which Myers-JDC Brookdale Institute has developed in partnership with the Inspection Administration of the Israeli Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, to allow inspectors and service providers to carry out their work using a risk management approach - ultimately aiming to promote safe and quality state-sponsored services and thus improve the experience of service users.

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Video CVs challenging misconceptions around employment of people with intellectual disabilities

The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) is the national regulatory body for disability in Malta and Gozo. Its main role is to safeguard the rights of disabled people and raise awareness on issues surrounding disability.

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Promoting social inclusion for young people leaving care

The Social and Health Services Directorate of the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca (DASM) is a public provider of social services in Romania. Its mission is to identify the social problems of the local community and to find effective solutions to issues regarding child and family protection, the elderly, persons with disabilities and other persons in vulnerable situations.

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Promoting the importance of evidence-based standards in children’s social services

Deirdre Connolly is a Standards Development Lead of the Standards Team at the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) in Ireland. She spoke to us about the importance of evidence-based standards that are informed by deep and ongoing engagement both with people using health and social care services, and those involved in their design and delivery.

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Using virtual reality to improve the care of people living with dementia

The Association of Social Care Providers is the largest professional organisation of its kind in the Czech Republic. Established in 1991, it brings together more than 1242 organisations and provides 2758 registered services. ESN talked to Magda Dohnalová, an education manager at the Institute of Education about their project for people living with dementia.

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Ensuring a more holistic approach to support children in need

Rannveig Einarsdóttir tells us about a new law that will enter into force in January 2022 concerning childcare and services for parents with a focus on early support and intervention.

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The benefit of working together for the delivery of social services

Graham Owen tells us about three themes of the FSS and a new legislation that the organisation was engaged, aiming to produce modern regulations on preventive work, accessibility of social services, and ensuring that services are based on evidence and best practice.

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