On 13 April 2016, ESN participated in the final conference of the IMPact project in Brussels. Funded by the European Commission’s 2007-2013 PROGRESS programme, IMPact has produced a guide for public authorities willing to develop new or evaluate existing personal household services and policies.
ESN Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero speaks at European meeting on ICT enabled social services in Seville, Spain.
The fourth meeting of ESN’s disability working group took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 5 April 2016. Together with service users from Bulgaria and the UK, ESN members discussed ways to involve service users in the design, implementation and evaluation of services.
Matthew West, Policy Advisor at the Department for Communities and Local Government, takes part in the 24th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) to talk about the 'Our Place' programme.
In Germany, the ‘Education and Participation Act’ offers discretionary support for vulnerable children and young people through targeted educational support, on top of regular welfare benefits. This article shows how it is implemented at local level.
On 21st March, ESN was actively involved in the European Commission’s Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth in Brussels. CEO John Halloran spoke at the workshop on EU funds and a side event on long-term unemployment jointly organised by ESN, Eurocities and Eurodiaconia, and Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero acted as Rapporteur in the workshop on active inclusion.
On 15th March, ESN took part in the third and last stakeholder forum of the research project MoPAct (Mobilising the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe)
The final outputs of the ‘For Quality! – European project for quality and services in personal care and household services’ are published, giving an overview of policies and practices, recommendations for EU policy-makers, and a toolkit with good practices.
ESN interviews Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ahead of his appearance at this year’s European Social Services Conference
On 10-12 February 2016, more than 500 participants from 70 countries gathered in the United Nations’ headquarters in Vienna (Austria) to discuss inclusive education and ICT for children with disabilities at the Zero project’s annual conference.
The European Social Network (ESN) launches its annual review for 2015, highlighting our work and achievements from the past year.
ESN publishes a report on key issues around cooperation and integration of social services with education, health and employment
The fourth meeting of ESN’s Working Group on Ageing and Care took place in Mechelen, Belgium, on 11-12 February 2016, hosted by ESN member, the Flemish Association of Directors of Social Services. It looked at common challenges and new demands for training and skills development, support for family carers and workforce planning, including recruitment and retention.
ESN contributed to an SPC Peer Review on the Social Community Teams in The Hague, Netherlands on 19-20 January.
We are delighted to launch the new website for our annual conference – this year we are partnering with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union to bring the event to the World Forum in The Hague on 20-22 June 2016.
The Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2016 will be held in Brussels. This year the Convention will deal with the theme of inclusive growth, with a special focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
On 21 January 2016, launched the Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015 (ESDE 2015) report. This annual review underpins the EU’s policy actions and recommendations in pursuit of the Europe 2020 employment and social targets.
Experts from Eurocarers, Europe Forum for Primary Care, the European Social Network and Health First Europe call on Commissioners to do more on community care.
On 7-8 December, stakeholders from all across Europe met in Brussels for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This event was organised by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum (EDF). Persons with all types of disabilities, their families, representatives, European-level organisations and policy-makers discussed the state of play of disability-related policy and practices in Europe, with a focus on the inclusion of children with disabilities.