ESN Chief Executive John Halloran spoke about values, local communities and social services at the “European rendez-vous” (Rendez-vous européens) in Strasbourg, coordinated by the Council of Europe (COE).
The 2017 EU budget and First European Vocational Skills Week signal youth and migrants are a priority for the EU. Over four million under-25s are unemployed in the EU and local public services are struggling to support migrants. New initiatives and funding unveiled this month by the EU is important progress.
Spanish representatives from each of the regional public employment and social services and representatives from the central administration met in Brussels on 27-28 October 2016 to discuss ways to reinforce cooperation between these services.
Experts from Europe and Canada discuss the current situation, challenges and advancements related to the impact of demographic change on ageing and health topic.
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.