“Since its beginnings 20 years ago, the European Social Network (ESN) has grown from an informal network to a well-established player on the European scene, representing 140 member organisations in 36 countries.”
At the European Social Services Conference (5-7 June, Milan) plenary speakers and delegates shared innovative ideas and insightful experiences on how they improve services through evaluation.
Our members showcased their practices and discussed effective strategies at our working group meeting.
The transition to adulthood is a difficult period, especially for young people who have experienced care. Across Europe several trends have emerged on improving support for young people leaving care.
Demand is growing for care workers, due to rising numbers of people requiring home care. But the care profession in Europe struggles to gain credibility and status.
How can social services-led programmes support the most vulnerable to find employment?
We brought our members to the European Parliament on 9 April so they could share their recommendations for making the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) more effective for social services.
Both the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors have published their mid-term evaluations of the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD).
As we roll out our activities for 2019, we can reflect on how 2018 was a defining year for the European Social Network (ESN).
We took part in a strategic dialogue organised by the European Commission to review four country reports: Latvia, Portugal, Bulgaria and Lithuania.
The European Social Network (ESN) publishes a new toolkit that collects tools and examples of good practice in various European countries to support those furthest from the labour market.
The report presents six key social challenges for Europe to tackle in order to promote decent living standards, good working conditions as well as equal opportunities and participation.
Key messages for social services working with unaccompanied migrant children shared in Catalonia event.
Legislation and practice on care for young people is being expanded beyond care plans to better support the transition to adulthood and improve long-term life outcomes.
Alfonso Lara Montero, ESN Chief Executive, outlines the vision for our work in 2019.
Connecting the local practices of social services to the global sustainable development agenda is key to reach targets.
ESN welcomes the Employment Committee’s vote to increase the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) with over 27% of the budget earmarked for social inclusion.
Greater service coordination is supporting outreach to vulnerable families and their access to childcare