The pressure on social service providers remains significant, but signs of progress and the political will to tackle the issue are evident.
The Preparatory meeting to develop ESN’s three-year strategy for 2018-2020, ahead of ESN Members' Forum on 20-21 April explored transformation of social welfare systems, growing inequalities, social innovation, and social inclusion.
As part of our work on ‘Investing in Children’s Services’, we have been focusing on unaccompanied child migrants. This video project highlights both the views of professionals and users and looks at the best solutions for integrating and caring for these vulnerable children.
The European Social Network (ESN) launches our annual 'year-in-review' publication for 2016, highlighting our activities and achievements over the past 12 months. Chief Executive John Halloran introduces the report.
2016 has been a very busy year for ESN! We published a number of publications across a variety of topics, which aim to provide a European perspective of the situation for, and challenges facing public social services, in addition to providing guidance on best practice.
Adopted in 2006, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UN CRPD) represents a major tool to enforce civil rights and implement disability-friendly policies. However, more needs to be done to achieve an inclusive society.
A European Commission conference provided an opportunity to exchange insight about integrating unaccompanied children at the local level.
ESN has undertaken members’ visits to better understand young migrants’ challenges in their transition to adulthood.
The European Commission presents its new vision for digital innovation in care to stakeholders from all relevant sectors and levels of government at innovation summit in Brussels
ESN Chief Executive John Halloran spoke about values, local communities and social services at the “European rendez-vous” (Rendez-vous européens) in Strasbourg, coordinated by the Council of Europe (COE).
The 2017 EU budget and First European Vocational Skills Week signal youth and migrants are a priority for the EU. Over four million under-25s are unemployed in the EU and local public services are struggling to support migrants. New initiatives and funding unveiled this month by the EU is important progress.
Spanish representatives from each of the regional public employment and social services and representatives from the central administration met in Brussels on 27-28 October 2016 to discuss ways to reinforce cooperation between these services.
Experts from Europe and Canada discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements related to the impact of demographic change on ageing and health topic.
The European Social Network (ESN) launches its position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights – an initiative of the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker to give a stronger social focus to the EU political agenda.
In preparation for Universal Children’s Day on the 20th of November, events in Italy and Spain show how local policy developments are transforming child social welfare and promoting child participation alongside European recommendations.
A lack of access to online services is a driver of social exclusion for older people and persons with disabilities. New EU policy aims to change this.
The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has identified major breaches in the protection of migrants’ rights. The issues are summarised in FRA’s report, which is the culmination of one year of investigating.
The employment situation of Europe’s younger generation has gradually improved, but the participation of disconnected young people remains concerning.
The European Social Network (ESN) assesses the key social priorities put forward by the European Commission in its Annual Growth Survey for 2017.