On April 20th and 21st, European Social Network (ESN) members gathered in Brussels to explore the transformation of social welfare. The focus of the discussion was on the impact of the financial crisis in social welfare across Europe with a view to come up with areas of work for ESN for 2018- 2020.
In 2015 and 2016, 2.5 million people applied for asylum in the EU. Behind this number, there are personal stories of people looking for a better future. Their social inclusion is key for the cohesion of present and future European societies and requires cooperation between stakeholders and local public services. In times of budgetary constraints, EU funding can play a key role in contributing to making integration happen.
ESN Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero reflects on the proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights delivered by the European Commission on 26 April. He welcomes principles such as the right of children to be protected from poverty and new provisions such as the right to social protection for all workers, as well as other measures contained in the Pillar. But he warns about the necessity to put those principles into actions for the Pillar to bring about positive outcomes.
Ahead of the 25th European Social Services Conference (ESSC), ESN took the chance to discuss jugaad innovation with Jaideep Prabhu – co-author of the concept, leading academic and a keynote speaker at the conference. Here, Jaideep explains how jugaad innovation can be used in the public sector to better meet the needs of users.
Ahead of the 25th European Social Services Conference (ESSC), ESN took the chance to speak with Jos de Blok, founder of Buurtzorg – a model of independent nursing teams, and keynote speaker at the conference to discuss his innovative approach to community healthcare.
One in four people in Europe is at risk of poverty or social exclusion and social inequality risks becoming the new normal, which undermines social cohesion and Europe’s potential. Addressing the causes of poverty and exclusion must go hand in hand with the tools to combat them to work towards a more inclusive Europe.
On 28th and 29th September 2017, ESN CEO, John Halloran will deliver a keynote speech at the international conference organised by the European Institute of Social Security (EISS) and the University of Groningen on the consequences of devolution and decentralisation on social welfare.
ESN’s latest publication presents research, a questionnaire analysis and practice examples to support local social services in planning and managing the workforce for the future
The Commission has unveiled five different scenarios for the future role of the EU. With the possibility of a less unified or more limited EU, the European Social Network (ESN) argues that collective action on social policy must continue.
As the European Commission publishes its 2017 country reports , the European Social Network (ESN) shares some initial thoughts.
Despite comprehensive support and personal assistance in some countries, concerns remain in regards to geographical inequity, lack of funding, austerity measures and restrictive eligibility rules in disability services, a new study finds.
The Catalan Federation of Care and Education Institutions for Children and Adolescents (FEDAIA) invited ESN to present examples of community-based children’s services at a seminar in Barcelona on 14 February 2017.
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Driving public sector innovation: interview with Geoff Mulgan, CEO of Nesta
The European Social Network will be contributing to and following developments in Malta, which will be emphasising migration and social inclusion among its priorities.
The numbers may for now have peaked, and the story may have slipped from the headlines but, the social inclusion of unaccompanied children remains a key issue for social welfare states across Europe.
The pressure on social service providers remains significant, but signs of progress and the political will to tackle the issue are evident.
The Preparatory meeting to develop ESN’s three-year strategy for 2018-2020, ahead of ESN Members' Forum on 20-21 April explored transformation of social welfare systems, growing inequalities, social innovation, and social inclusion.
As part of our work on ‘Investing in Children’s Services’, we have been focusing on unaccompanied child migrants. This video project highlights both the views of professionals and users and looks at the best solutions for integrating and caring for these vulnerable children.