ESN members, senior managers and professionals from public social services, health agencies, research and workforce organisations met in Brighton for a one day workshop to identify future priorities for developing services for older people.
How can we reshape services in order to transform the lives of all our citizens? This was the main theme of European Social Services Conference, organised in association with the Irish Presidency of the European Union.
The event provided a wide range of interesting presentations, discussions and workshops which highlighted successful partnerships in social services – local and international, cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary projects.
This was the first peer review organised as part of our research project on investing in children's services, and brought delegations from Ireland, France, Sweden and Bulgaria to discuss national frameworks and policy proposals.
The seminar welcomed 100 ESN members and invited guests to discuss how social services can promote more choice and control for and alongside people with disabilities over their daily lives.
ESN members and invited guests discussed how to design social and health services in order to assist older people in retaining and regaining independence and inclusion in later life.
Delegates from across Europe discussed how to shape the future for sustainable social services, focusing on key concepts such for managers and directors - quality, performance and innovation.
Welcoming some 100 senior managers, researchers and practitioners, the seminar explored how we can improve outcomes for young people not in employment, education or training, for children leaving public care and early school-leavers.
The seminar explored the relationships between early childhood and child protection services, and how they impact on child poverty and wellbeing, with a view to contribute to the future European Recommendation on Child Poverty.
The theme of the conference was 'Building an Active and Caring Society: Innovation, Participation, Community'; delegates from over 30 countries participated in workshops and discussions, sharing experiences but also debating current practice and identifying opportunities for improvement.