The report of the Third European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) was published in December 2012 and has a particular focus on the impact of the crisis. Perceived social exclusion is highest among the long-term unemployed.
The European Social Network's (ESN) working group on Leadership, Performance and Innovation held a special meeting on evidence-based practice in December 2012.
Employment prospects for young people in the EU are bleak. One in five under 25's who are looking for work cannot find a job. 7.5 million of young people aged 15-24 are neither working, nor in education or training.
On 1st January Ireland took over the EU Presidency promising a “people-centred recovery designed to last”, with youth unemployment most likely to be in the spotlight of its social priorities.
Presentations, notes and reports from ESN's Autumn Seminar on 'Independence and inclusion in later life'
As we move into the European Year of the Citizens, ESN's John Halloran gives his thoughts on new directions in social welfare: choice, participation and citizenship.
The Annual European Forum on the Rights of the Child gathered key actors in Brussels last month to discuss 'Supporting child protection systems through the implementation of the Agenda for the Rights of the Child.'
The closing conference of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations reviewed the year’s achievements to promote independent living and social participation of older people.
With the Annual Growth Survey 2013 the Commission sets the economic and social policy agenda for next year, with a focus on labour market activation.
The second Annual Convention on Poverty and Social Exclusion took place on 5-7 November in Brussels. Participants discussed the progress made in reaching the Europe 2020 target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty...
"Solutions come out of partnerships" has been the main conclusion of the event, aimed to look at how best to use EU funds and what themes to prioritise.
With the recent UNICEF conference on children in residential care, ESN looks at the challenges and advances of the deinstitutionalisation in Bulgaria.
ESN and Member states review Poland's 'Solidarity Across the Generations Programme’, discussing the opportunities and challenges of an ageing society.
The European Expert Group launches its Guidelines and Toolkit on the use of European funds to help Member States in the transition to community care.
The OECD’s first Consultation on Integrated Services and Housing took place in Paris on 8-9 November. Experts, academics, practitioners and policy makers discussed...
A quick look at Spain and Ireland's cuts to mental health services in light of increasing budget pressures, and their impact on communities.
Dynamo International, the network for street workers, organised a conference to discuss the challenges of the social and economic integration of the Roma population in Europe.
Another important event that builds up to the future EU Recommendation on child poverty and well-being, raising children's visibility within the Europe 2020 strategy.
ESN’s Autumn Seminar focused on how to design social and health services in order to assist older people in retaining and regaining independence and inclusion in later life.