ESN's Members' Forum took place in Brussels this April. It brought toghether our members from across Europe and beyond to set the agenda for the coming 3-4 years as we enter a new partnership with the European Commission.
In cooperation with the Slovak Presidency of the EU, ESN organised a seminar on the social service workforce, which brought together issues around service planning and coordination - from child protection through services for people with disabilities and older people.
The fifth and final meeting of ESN's Working Group on Ageing and Care will take place in Brighton, UK on 11-12th October 2016 in parallel with the final meeting of the ESN Working Group on Disability. The theme of the meeting is technological innovation & quality of services.
ESN's third meeting of the European Semester Reference Group took place in Brussels in September 2016.
On 11-12 July, the European Social Network (ESN) hosted a workshop in Athens where we explored how important it is to prevent youth offending and to integrate young offenders in society.
The 24th European Social Services Conference provided a unique opportunity for members to network with 400 senior professionals from across Europe and connect with the latest trends and challenges in social affairs. It took place at the World Forum, The Hague on 20-22 June 2016.
ESN launched its report 'Investing in children's services, improving outcomes' at the European Parliament on 31st May 2016. This was the result of three years of work with child agencies from 14 countries. The event was hosted by Nathalie Griesbeck MEP with the support of the ALDE group.
The fourth meeting of ESN disability working group took place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 5 April 2016, and focussed on the topic of service user involvement.
The fourth meeting of the ESN Working Group on Ageing and Care took place in Mechelen, Belgium on 11-12 February 2015. This meeting focussed on workforce issues in care for older people.
This seminar invited ESN members to analyse integrated services practices in a number of social services related areas.
ESN Forum on Applied Evidence in Social Services
Our 23rd European Social Services Conference explored the evidence and experiences in service and sector partnership and what this meant for people’s lives, service efficiency and the impact on social welfare landscape for the future.
We are organising a workshop with ESN members to identify local practices featuring coordinated approaches between education, employment and social services in order to improve young people’s participation in society.
This regional seminar organised by ESN invited participants from the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland to discuss practices and exchange knowledge on quality of works and services in personal care and household services.
Our research project on children’s services continues with a third peer review featuring five additional countries: Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Romania.
Our seminar provided a platform for knowledge exchange on the social planning process, models and tools for over 80 ESN members, representatives from local and regional authorities across Europe.
The conference brought together over 400 delegates - social services managers and directors, key policy-makers and practitioners, service users, representatives from academia and the private sector - to discuss social investment and the future of a social Europe.
The peer review invited ESN members and key speakers to look at the organisation of children's services in Catalonia in Spain, Scotland in the UK, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.