28 Nov 2016

In our latest report, the European Social Network (ESN) provides input to the European Semester coordination process by analysing the challenges faced by social services and local authorities in 25 countries.

28 Nov 2016

Delegates at European Social Network seminar identify key developments in modernising social work and social care education and training in Europe

28 Nov 2016

Government ministers, directors of public social services, leading academics, social entrepreneurs and pioneers of innovation – discover our eclectic mix of speakers joining us on 26-28 June 2017 in Malta for the 25th European Social Services Conference.

28 Nov 2016

ESN seminar looks at how to recruit enough, adequately trained social services professionals to meet current and future workforce needs.

28 Nov 2016

As countries across Europe look at how to improve social services quality, policies must go hand in hand with staff forecasting, training and development.

22 Nov 2016

This article was originally published on The Guardian social care network: children's services hub on 10 November.

26 Oct 2016

Service user involvement and a qualified, well-supported workforce are crucial to ensure high quality social services for persons with disabilities. Participants at ESN’s disability working group meeting looked at practical ways to ensure that their services develop along these lines.

25 Oct 2016

Informal carers are often overlooked in long-term care policies. They struggle to balance employment, care duties and their own personal lives. It is an issue which disproportionately affects women.

24 Oct 2016

ESN’s Chief Executive John Halloran recently took part in the French National Conference for Social Welfare Directors (Journées Nationales de l’ANDASS) in Paris, where ‘social innovation’ was quite literally the name of the game during three thought-provoking days.

24 Oct 2016

The European Social Network (ESN) attended the first meeting of the the EU Compass on Mental Health and Wellbeing on 6-7 October in Luxembourg. Among the findings were that mental health policy cannot succeed without increased access to services and smarter prevention methods.

24 Oct 2016

On 11th October, ESN’s Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero spoke at an event organised by SOS Children’s Villages International to launch a research piece addressing the employment situation of young people leaving care. Below, Alfonso shares his insights from the event and key elements for success in local practice across Europe.

24 Oct 2016

The intersectionality of ageing and disabilities has implications for social services, which were at the core of the discussions at the meetings of ESN’s working groups on 12 October.

24 Oct 2016

The European Social Network’s (ESN) Working Group on Ageing and Care explores the benefits technological solutions can bring to social care for service users and staff and their role in tackling social challenges.

11 Oct 2016

The British newspaper "The Guardian" is looking closely at ESN work: it hosts an article by Alfonso Lara Montero, ESN Policy Director, on the issue of social services workforce in the area of children's services.

28 Sep 2016

Putting a spotlight on social issues, local governance and the European social policy agenda – Highlights from the European Social Network’s (ESN) annual EU Semester Reference Group meeting in Brussels.

28 Sep 2016

At ESN’s annual meeting on the European Semester, participants discussed with European Commission’s representatives the proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights.

28 Sep 2016

Migrants with disabilities are falling under the radar in the current refugee crisis. With no dedicated statistics, only anecdotal information is available concerning migrants with disabilities arriving in Europe.

28 Sep 2016

Latest research reveals how local communities are struggling to accommodate and integrate refugees, plus their response to the situation.

28 Sep 2016

Is your organisation delivering innovative practice? Do you want to showcase new ideas and lead discussions on the latest trends in local social services? Then we want to hear from you!

28 Sep 2016

On 26th September European Social Network (ESN)’s Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero spoke at COFACE’s event on the European Pillar of Social Rights –an initiative of European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker to give a stronger social focus to the EU political agenda.

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