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.
Putting a spotlight on social issues, local governance and the European social policy agenda – Highlights from the European Social Network’s (ESN) annual EU Semester Reference Group meeting in Brussels.
Migrants with disabilities are falling under the radar in the current refugee crisis. With no dedicated statistics, only anecdotal information is available concerning migrants with disabilities arriving in Europe.
Latest research reveals how local communities are struggling to accommodate and integrate refugees, plus their response to the situation.
Is your organisation delivering innovative practice? Do you want to showcase new ideas and lead discussions on the latest trends in local social services? Then we want to hear from you!
On 26th September European Social Network (ESN)’s Policy Director Alfonso Lara Montero spoke at COFACE’s event on the European Pillar of Social Rights –an initiative of European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker to give a stronger social focus to the EU political agenda.
We share the article published on the British newspaper 'The Guardian' on the online section dedicated to social care. The topic of the article, written by ESN's Policy Director, Alfonso Lara Montero, is the situation of unaccompanied minors arriving into Europe, a well-known issue for ESN, that has been working for three years on the review of policy and practice regarding children’s services.
How has the refugee crisis impacted upon local services in Europe? The European Social Network asks its members in the form of an online survey into impact and responses and has analysed the findings in this article and accompanying publication.
The European Social Network’s (ESN) workshop in Athens on 10-12th July focused on supporting troubled youth during transitions and looked closer at the services provided in Greece.
New evidence shows which policies and interventions effectively reduce inequality
On 1st July 2016 and for the first time ever since its accession to the EU in 2004, the Slovak Republic started its 6-month presidency of the Council of the European Union. From migration to a stronger economy, the European Social Network (ESN) analyses the Slovak priorities in the light of current challenges across the EU.