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The European Social Network advocates for everyone with care or support needs to be enabled to live in their homes and communities. This approach is also supported by the EU Spanish Presidency and the Regional Government of Catalonia, with whom we are jointly organising this seminar to discuss how we can further promote community care across Europe.

Over two days, we will discuss with experts, decision makers, social services managers, practitioners, and persons with care experience: 

  • Where do we stand in terms of deinstitutionalising social services?
  • Can we make the economic case for community care?
  • How do we ensure quality in community-based settings?
  • What are the next steps to making community-based care available to all persons in need?

For more information, contact Senior Policy Officer, Martin Lichte at


    Monday 9 October


    • Christian Fillet, Chair, European Social Network
    • Luis Alberto Barriga Martín, Director, IMSERSO, National Social Services Institute, Spain
    • Carles Campuzano, Minister of Social Rights, Regional Government Catalonia

    Setting the Scene

    • Alfonso Lara Montero, CEO European Social Network

    Community care in Europe – where do we stand?

    How to Create Community-Based Services – International Tools, Guidelines, and Experiences

    • Jorge Araya, Secretariat of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 
    • Tara Doheny, Director of Genio Reform, Ireland 
    • Aziz Matrouch, Person with Lived Experience in State Care & Social Worker, Spain
    • Tatjana Katkić Stanić, National Coordinator of the EU Child Guarantee, Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy, Croatia

    Parallel Thematic Discussions 

    • Community-Based Child and Youth Care
    • Community Care for People with Disabilities
    • Community-based long-term care for older people 

    Tuesday 10 October 

    Ensuring quality in community-based care

    • Daniela Reimer, Dr. phil., Zurich University of Applied Science 
    • Carol Grogan, Chief Inspector of Social Services, Health Information and Quality Authority, Ireland
    • Laura Kerr, Adult Social Work Policy & Practice Lead, Social Work Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Jose Manuel Ramirez, President, National Association of Social Services Directors, Spain

    The Economic Case for Community Care

    • Adelina Comas-Herrera, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
    • Ricarda Milstein, Health Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 
    • Joanna Lizut, Vice-rector for Operational and Project Management, Janusz Korczak Pedagogical University in Warsaw, Poland
    • Špela Režun, Director, Care Work Centre Zasavje, Slovenia

    Roundtable: The Future of Community Care

    Moderator: Alfonso Lara Montero, Chief Executive Officer, European Social Network

    • Lluis Torrens, Secretary of Social Affairs and Families, Regional Government of Catalonia, Spain
    • Mirosław Grewiński, Prof. in Social Science, Janusz Korczak Pedagogical University in Warsaw, Poland
    • Simon Williams, Director of Social Care Improvement, Local Government Association England, United Kingdom
    • Patricia Bezunartea Barrio, General Director for Family Diversity and Social Services, Ministry for Social Rights and 2030 Agenda, Spain
    • Olga Martínez de Briones, Policy Officer with responsibility for Disability and Inclusion, European Commission