16 Dec 2015

The European Accessibility Act proposed by the European Commission will set common accessibility requirements for key products and services. The goal of the initiative is to facilitate and increase the participation of people with disabilities in society, as well as expand autonomy and mobility opportunities.

14 Dec 2015

The European Social Network (ESN) launches its toolkit for planning and evaluating social services that is the result of work done with applied researchers and practitioners in various forums and activities throughout 2014 and 2015.

14 Dec 2015

A year into a major decentralisation exercise through which municipalities will be given much greater responsibility in the social policy domain. What is the mood in the Netherlands? As we plan next year’s European Social Services Conference in The Hague, we tried to find out at the annual conference of the Dutch national association of municipal managers in the field of social affairs(Divosa).

14 Dec 2015

The European Social Network (ESN) held its third disability working group meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting saw 21 participants from 12 countries coming together to discuss active inclusion for people with disabilities in the open labour market.

8 Dec 2015

The European Commission publishes the 2016 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), which sets out three axes around social investment, the modernisation of European economies through structural reform and fiscal consolidation. These three axes are focused on bringing the EU to a sustainable recovery, but will it be a socially sustainable and inclusive recovery?

8 Dec 2015

The European Social Network (ESN) publishes the report "Looking ahead: Local public social services priorities for the European Semester 2016", which brings views from local public social services on the European Semester 2015 and identifies public social policy priorities for the 2016 cycle.

24 Nov 2015

Local public services rise to the challenge of integration

24 Nov 2015

ESN organised a seminar on integrated services for around 100 persons from 24 European countries in Manchester on 5-6 November

24 Nov 2015

The European Social Network looks at the state of play of research on integrated services in Europe

23 Nov 2015

Thinking of submitting a workshop proposal for next year’s conference? Two ESN members share their insights from last year’s European Social Services Conference on the benefits of sharing their experience of evidence-based programmes for homeless young people in Denmark.

23 Nov 2015

The European Commission has unveiled its Work Programme for 2016 with a special focus on economic and social issues, the environment and immigration. The Work Programme includes 23 key initiatives through which the Commission will try to, among other things, boost jobs, growth and investment, increase social protection in the European Union and implement a more effective migration policy.

23 Nov 2015

ESN’s CEO John Halloran travelled to Brisbane, Australia on 27-29 October to attend the New World Disability Conference and gave his expertise on personal budgets for people with disabilities in Europe. He also attended the launch of a paper at SAP’s Institute for Digital Government where ESN is a foundation partner.

23 Nov 2015

The European Commission, along with the private sector, has developed an initiative to boost employment and inclusion among young people in Europe.

28 Oct 2015

European Commission’s DG Employment has developed an index to find out which EU governments implement the best labour market rules and policies

27 Oct 2015

Do you want to present good practice, showcase new ideas and lead the discussion on latest trends in local social services? Join us in shaping the agenda for our next annual conference!

27 Oct 2015

On 7th October, I was invited to speak at a PIPPI seminar organised with practitioners working on child protection across Italy. The objective of this seminar was to provide participants with examples of child protection assessment frameworks, which have been implemented elsewhere, with the aim to inform the Italian assessment framework that is being developed through PIPPI.

27 Oct 2015

The European Social Network (ESN) organised the first evidence-based practice forum for social services’ practitioners and researchers at the UK’s innovation agency Nesta in London on 09 October.

7 Oct 2015

The European Commission has published a proposal for a council recommendation ‘on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market.

29 Sep 2015

The 3rd regional seminar of the 4Quality! project brought together 21 representatives from public authorities, trade unions and private service providers coming from Austria, Czech Republic and Germany to discuss employment and service quality in personal and household services (PHS).

28 Sep 2015

The EU-funded Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing organised a capacity-building workshop on the development of community-based mental health services in Hungary.

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