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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Equality and efficiency: guaranteeing equal rights and possibilities for every citizen

Camilla Blomqvist introduces four approaches which help employees and managers in Gothenburg to communicate with each other and with different groups, and a political plan that was established by the City of Gothenburg based on core international frameworks protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

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Promoting autonomy of children and young people with intellectual disabilities

Marie-Claude Sirois highlights a practice guideline published by INESSS in December 2019 titled ‘For improving autonomy in intellectually disabled young people aged 6 to 21’. The guideline gathers evidence-based practices to improve the autonomy of children and young people in all areas of life.

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Improving children's futures

Kristen Witte tells us about the ‘Leave no child behind!’ project. Since 2012, the Foundation has partnered with the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and 40 municipalities to improve children's prospects for development, regardless of their background, and provide them equal opportunities.

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Individual plans for young people integration

Sérgio Lopes Cintra tells us about the 'Community Integration Team,' a project established in 2018 to support 100 young people between the age of 16 and 25 referred by the family and children court or child protection services.

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Strength-based Working and Community Led Support

Sue Wald tells us about the ‘Strength-based Working and Community Led Support’ approach that focuses on having an initial conversation with a person in need of support, rather than immediately focussing on a formal assessment.

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Strategic Plans should promote social inclusion and social services quality

Meritxell Benedi tells us how Catalonia's Government is currently adopting a new Strategic Plan for Social Services for 2021-2024 that will function as the roadmap for the Catalan Social Services.

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Building a positive narrative around social services

Lea Suoninen-Erhiö is strongly committed to promoting a positive narrative around social services. In her opinion, we should take every chance to communicate our work to highlight the role and meaning of social services.

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Everyone has the right to a decent living

Luc Kupers is proud that social inclusion is one of the main topics guiding local policy of Ghent. He tells us about a well-implemented support system of the federal state that provides additional financial aid for people in need.

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Luc Kupers, Vice Chair of EXELLO and Deputy General Manager of the City of Gent.
EXELLO, Belgium