The European Social Network (ESN) launches its position paper on the European Pillar of Social Rights – an initiative of the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker to give a stronger social focus to the EU political agenda.
In preparation for Universal Children’s Day on the 20th of November, events in Italy and Spain show how local policy developments are transforming child social welfare and promoting child participation alongside European recommendations.
A lack of access to online services is a driver of social exclusion for older people and persons with disabilities. New EU policy aims to change this.
The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has identified major breaches in the protection of migrants’ rights. The issues are summarised in FRA’s report, which is the culmination of one year of investigating.
The employment situation of Europe’s younger generation has gradually improved, but the participation of disconnected young people remains concerning.
The European Social Network (ESN) assesses the key social priorities put forward by the European Commission in its Annual Growth Survey for 2017.
Delegates at European Social Network seminar identify key developments in modernising social work and social care education and training in Europe
ESN seminar looks at how to recruit enough, adequately trained social services professionals to meet current and future workforce needs.
As countries across Europe look at how to improve social services quality, policies must go hand in hand with staff forecasting, training and development.
This article was originally published on The Guardian social care network: children's services hub on 10 November.
Service user involvement and a qualified, well-supported workforce are crucial to ensure high quality social services for persons with disabilities. Participants at ESN’s disability working group meeting looked at practical ways to ensure that their services develop along these lines.
Informal carers are often overlooked in long-term care policies. They struggle to balance employment, care duties and their own personal lives. It is an issue which disproportionately affects women.
ESN’s Chief Executive John Halloran recently took part in the French National Conference for Social Welfare Directors (Journées Nationales de l’ANDASS) in Paris, where ‘social innovation’ was quite literally the name of the game during three thought-provoking days.
On 11th October, ESN’s Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero spoke at an event organised by SOS Children’s Villages International to launch a research piece addressing the employment situation of young people leaving care. Below, Alfonso shares his insights from the event and key elements for success in local practice across Europe.
The intersectionality of ageing and disabilities has implications for social services, which were at the core of the discussions at the meetings of ESN’s working groups on 12 October.
The European Social Network’s (ESN) Working Group on Ageing and Care explores the benefits technological solutions can bring to social care for service users and staff and their role in tackling social challenges.
The British newspaper "The Guardian" is looking closely at ESN work: it hosts an article by Alfonso Lara Montero, ESN Policy Director, on the issue of social services workforce in the area of children's services.