2 May 2017

The European Social Network’s (ESN) Members’ Forum highlights the importance of social services working closely and innovatively with partners and service users.

2 May 2017

A new EU report provides an overview of tools and methodologies to assess the quality of integrated care systems.

2 May 2017

The Annual Convention on Inclusive Growth 2017, a flagship event held in Brussels on 24 April with the theme of young people’s social inclusion. The European Social Network (ESN) attended the event with eight delegates from six countries who contributed at workshops and side-events.

2 May 2017

On April 20th and 21st, European Social Network (ESN) members gathered in Brussels to explore the transformation of social welfare. The focus of the discussion was on the impact of the financial crisis in social welfare across Europe with a view to come up with areas of work for ESN for 2018- 2020.

2 May 2017

In 2015 and 2016, 2.5 million people applied for asylum in the EU. Behind this number, there are personal stories of people looking for a better future. Their social inclusion is key for the cohesion of present and future European societies and requires cooperation between stakeholders and local public services. In times of budgetary constraints, EU funding can play a key role in contributing to making integration happen.

2 May 2017

ESN Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero reflects on the proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights delivered by the European Commission on 26 April. He welcomes principles such as the right of children to be protected from poverty and new provisions such as the right to social protection for all workers, as well as other measures contained in the Pillar. But he warns about the necessity to put those principles into actions for the Pillar to bring about positive outcomes.

2 May 2017

Ahead of the 25th European Social Services Conference (ESSC), ESN took the chance to discuss jugaad innovation with Jaideep Prabhu – co-author of the concept, leading academic and a keynote speaker at the conference. Here, Jaideep explains how jugaad innovation can be used in the public sector to better meet the needs of users.

28 Mar 2017

Ahead of the 25th European Social Services Conference (ESSC), ESN took the chance to speak with Jos de Blok, founder of Buurtzorg – a model of independent nursing teams, and keynote speaker at the conference to discuss his innovative approach to community healthcare.

28 Mar 2017

One in four people in Europe is at risk of poverty or social exclusion and social inequality risks becoming the new normal, which undermines social cohesion and Europe’s potential. Addressing the causes of poverty and exclusion must go hand in hand with the tools to combat them to work towards a more inclusive Europe.

28 Mar 2017

On 28th and 29th September 2017, ESN CEO, John Halloran will deliver a keynote speech at the international conference organised by the European Institute of Social Security (EISS) and the University of Groningen on the consequences of devolution and decentralisation on social welfare.

27 Mar 2017

ESN’s latest publication presents research, a questionnaire analysis and practice examples to support local social services in planning and managing the workforce for the future

23 Mar 2017

The Commission has unveiled five different scenarios for the future role of the EU. With the possibility of a less unified or more limited EU, the European Social Network (ESN) argues that collective action on social policy must continue.

23 Mar 2017

As the European Commission publishes its 2017 country reports , the European Social Network (ESN) shares some initial thoughts.

23 Mar 2017

Joint efforts between national government and local social services have seen a significant number of children moving out of institutions into community care in Bulgaria. The change is a step in the right direction but there are still many challenges ahead.

28 Feb 2017

Despite comprehensive support and personal assistance in some countries, concerns remain in regards to geographical inequity, lack of funding, austerity measures and restrictive eligibility rules in disability services, a new study finds.

28 Feb 2017

The Catalan Federation of Care and Education Institutions for Children and Adolescents (FEDAIA) invited ESN to present examples of community-based children’s services at a seminar in Barcelona on 14 February 2017.

24 Feb 2017

Why could better evidence help policy and practice development?

24 Feb 2017

Driving public sector innovation: interview with Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta

24 Feb 2017

The European Social Network will be contributing to and following developments in Malta, which will be emphasising migration and social inclusion among its priorities.

24 Feb 2017

The numbers may for now have peaked, and the story may have slipped from the headlines but, the social inclusion of unaccompanied children remains a key issue for social welfare states across Europe.

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