The European Social Network (ESN) has put together a practice repository, which aims to provide its members and the interested public with an insight into the field of social services across a range of target groups and themes. ESN considers the dissemination of practices a crucial ingredient for the sharing of expertise on social policies and services across Europe and gathers its practices from a number of areas and working methods, including working groups, projects, peer reviews, seminars and conferences.

Collected practices are described by ESN’s policy officers using a standardised and agreed template with social care professionals submitting their practices. These practices are marked by the tag “Descriptive”. In addition to practice collection, ESN also reviews a number a practices in the framework of our ongoing working groups. These practices are marked by the tag “Analysed”. Reviewed practices have been analysed by an applied researcher working alongside social care professionals in the framework of our working groups on the basis of criteria, such as evaluation methods, transferability and sustainability.

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  • Referral & Accompaniment of Migrant Unaccompanied Children to Mainstream Health Structures in Melilla

    Doctors of the World is running a project targeting unaccompanied children aged 12 to 17 in Melilla (Spanish city on the northern coast of Africa) with the aim to improve their health condition and access to health services.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation:
  • Youth and Education Service for Refugees and Migrants

    The Youth and Education Service for refugees and migrants offers a range of education and youth support programmes for unaccompanied children and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds aged 12 to 25.

    Year:
    Country: Ireland
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation:
  • Alborada: Early Warning System for Children with Developmental Disorders

    In Andalucía, Spain, an online platform has been developed to promote early intervention which will make a huge difference to the overall quality of services provided for young children with developmental difficulties.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Regional Government of Andalucía, Spain
  • Digital solutions to support independent living

    The municipality of Östersund aim is to introduce digital tools which can support vulnerable people in the municipality to live more independently, whilst making more efficient use of professional’s time which can lead to cost-savings.

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    Country: Sweden
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Municipality of Ostersund
  • Community-based housing services for people with learning disabilities in Sokolov

    Dolmen, an NGO and social services provider, supports the transition of adults with learning disabilities from institutional residences to community based housing, through three interconnected types of housing.

    Year:
    Country: Czech Republic
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Association of Social Care Providers
  • CURANT (Cohousing and case management for Unaccompanied young adult Refugees in ANTwerp)

    CURANT is a cohousing project for unaccompanied young refugees who live together with Flemish young people, ‘buddies’ for at least one year.

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    Country: Belgium
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: OCMW Antwerpen
  • Folk High School Track Project: Integrating unaccompanied young migrants in schools

    Since 2012, the project (Folk High Schools FHS) gives the opportunity to unaccompanied migrant young people aged 18 to 21 year old to live and study at FHS across Sweden

    Year:
    Country: Sweden
    Reviewed:
    Organisation:
  • Integration of Health and Social Care - The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014

    In a context of an ageing society, the integration of health and care is a way to make more efficient and effective use of limited resources and is believed to be central to the challenge of improving outcomes for patients and service users.

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    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed:
    Organisation:
  • Inter-ministerial Social and Health Care Interaction Plan (PIAISS)

    The implementation of the PIAISS has highlighted the need to develop the current health care model into a comprehensive and integrated system of health care from a dual perspective – health and social care – with a single vision.

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    Country: Spain
    Reviewed:
    Organisation: Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain
  • Jenny's Diary

    Jenny's Diary is a free booklet and a set of postcards aimed at guiding conversations between professionals and people with learning disabilities on dementia, and methods to support them.

    Year:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: University of the West of Scotland
  • The Labour Force Service Centre (LAFOS) for long-term unemployed

    LAFOS is a collaboration between the Public Employment Services (PES), local social and health services and the national social insurance institution. Professionals are using IT-based databases to exchange user-related data.

    Year:
    Country: Finland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
  • Holiday placements school students in the social care sector in Riga, Latvia

    The managers of Gaiļezers wanted to involve volunteers, students and others in order to diversify leisure activities and enrich interaction possibilities for clients.

    Year:
    Country: Latvia
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Riga City Council
  • Living well with Dementia in England

    The initiative covers the Borough of Sefton, in north-west England, and is composed of a number of strands which contribute to developing the workforce and providing support for individuals living with dementia and their carers.

    Year:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Active Participation Centres for older people

    It is a strategy aimed at bringing active ageing policies closer to the senior citizens, as well as enabling them to participate in the decision-making process.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Regional Government of Andalucía, Spain
  • Helping people with disabilities to become professional dancers and artists

    This practice aims to the social inclusion and access to mainstream employment of people with learning disabilities, in a step by step method and through cultural activities and training, such as dancing and acting.

    Year:
    Country: Austria
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Vienna Social Fund
  • Diswork: a new methodology to create new sustainable jobs for people with disabilities

    ‘Diswork’ is a paradigm shift with a demand-driven approach, starting with the employer’s needs. Employers, social services and service providers are advised and coached on how to create new sustainable jobs for people with disabities

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    Themes:
    Country: Netherlands
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Locus Network
  • Seniors office of the City of Vienna

    The purpose of the seniors office is to inform people about activities that they could get involved in despite being older and possibly frail.

    Year:
    Country: Austria
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: City of Vienna
  • The ‘Mentor’ programme – Social and employment support for young people in public care

    Through group workshops and trainings, the programme provides multiple forms of support to prepare the young people for their transition into an independent life and to improve their inclusion on the labour market.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Autonomous Community of Galicia
  • Espai Cabestany – Targeted support for young care leavers in their pathway to autonomy

    “Espai Cabestany” is a programme for children and young people in care and those leaving the care system. The programme was initiated to provide a new kind of service to this specific target group and intends to better meet their needs.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Department of Social Welfare and Family, Regional Government of Catalonia, Spain
  • Kotitori – A platform for the integration of older people’s health and social care

    Kotitori (in Finnish: Kotitori – palveluintegraattori) is a platform for the integration of older people’s health and social care.

    Year:
    Country: Finland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: City of Tampere
  • Talent2Work – Attracting unemployed people to the care sector in the Netherlands

    Talent2Work is an initiative carried out in the Langstraat area in the south of the Netherlands. Organised by the Municipality of Heusden, providers of social services, local entrepreneurs. It aims to connect people looking for work within social care.

    Year:
    Country: Netherlands
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Talent2Work – Attracting unemployed people to the care sector in the Netherlands, Municipality of Heusden & Social Service Baanbrekers, the Netherlands
  • Self-monitoring plan for social care providers in Finland

    Obligatory self-monitoring is in place for all public and private care services, who have to develop a self-monitoring plan in cooperation with the staff. Valvira provided the guidelines and a template for developing the planfor older people in Finland.

    Year:
    Country: Finland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Valvira - National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
  • Youth Employment Agency – Integrated employment support for young people

    The Youth Employment Agency has been developed to address youth employment through a model of integrated support. The target group for integrated employment support is young people up to 25 years of age.

    Year:
    Country: Germany
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Federal Employment Agency Germany
  • Open Badges - using micro-credentials to recognise learning and development

    The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) encourages informal learning among Scotland’s 200,000 social services workers by using Mozilla Open Badges awarded through the SSSC Open Badges platform.

    Year:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Scottish Social Services Council
  • A toolbox to support staff in Irish disability services

    The HSE sought expression of interest from staff in both HSE and non-statutory disability services
    to form quality improvement teams to go out to assist services in changing the way they delivered
    care.

    Year:
    Country: Ireland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: HSE Ireland (Health Service Executive)
  • Rolling out deinstitutionalisation thanks to supported housing in Croatia

    The service of organised housing with support or “Supported Housing” is part of the Croatian
    deinstitutionalisation (DI) strategy, which started in 1997 and has intensified in the past years. It aims to move people away from institutions.

    Year:
    Country: Croatia
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Department for People with Disabilities, Ministry for Social Affairs and Youth
  • Sex offender risk assessment and management (SORAM)

    Sex Offender Risk Assessment and Management (SORAM) is a multi-agency approach to the management of the risk posed by convicted sexual offenders in the community.

    Year:
    Country: Ireland
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Dublin City Council
  • SEVERI - virtual care and technology in services for older people in Finland

    Telecare and technology in services for older people (SERVERI) is located in the City of Lahti, in Southern Finland. It is a joint programme between older people's, rehabilitation and welfare services. It enables users to be more in control of their needs

    Year:
    Country: Finland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: City of Lahti
  • The Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool (NISAT) – a holistic and person-centred approach to needs assessments

    The Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool (NISAT) is designed to capture information required for holistic, person-centred assessment of an older person. The core assessment consists of eight domains covering all areas of an older person's life.

    Year:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board
  • Emotional support group for carers in Barcelona

    The overall objective is to improve the quality of life of non-professional primary carers of dependent people through a programme that facilitates emotional support and social interaction between caregivers who share similar situations.

    Year:
    Country: Spain
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Barcelona Provincial Council
  • Reablement and Community Home Support in the North of England (REaCH)

    Stockport Council’s in-house Reablement and Community Home Support (REaCH) works with Stockport’s district nursing teams and McMillian Nurses to enhance and combine social care and clinical support offered to people at the end of their life.

    Year:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Skills for Care
  • Sefton’s 50+ Olympics

    It is a one-off yearly event for residents of Sefton aged 50 and above.The aim is to be a social event for the over 50s to take part in fun games, with activities to improve their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

    Year:
    Themes:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • ‘JOBstien’ – An employment pathway for people with disabilities

    The social services department offers courses to people with disabilities in order to create a shift from sheltered employment provision to active inclusion in the ordinary labour market for people with disabilities,

    Year:
    Country: Denmark
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Municipality of Aarhus
  • Many kinds of result makers – employing people with intellectual disabilities in retail

    This national job-coaching project has seen cooperation of K-group, one of the two biggest supermarket chains in Finland and has allowed people with learning disabilities to be employed in the open labour market, namely in K-retailers businesses.

    Year:
    Country: Finland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Finnish Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Care of young offenders in secured homes

    SiS runs special residential homes for young people and some of them host young offenders. SiS staff provides care and treatment where voluntary interventions have proved insufficient and care on a compulsory basis has therefore become necessary.

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    Themes:
    Country: Sweden
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: National Board of Institutional Care (SiS)
  • The 'Bring Out’ approach - facilitating young offenders’ community integration

    The city of Kalix has established a new method for the reintegration of young offenders in society. The approach is based on 5 steps and involves contact with different professionals, notably with the coordinator who acts as a case manager.

    Year:
    Country: Sweden
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: Municipality of Kalix
  • A local sports project for young offenders in Copenhagen

    The sport project (SP) specifically targets young offenders. It aims to increase the participation of disconnected young people in society, by encouraging them and their families to participate in sport activities and to reconnect with society.

    Year:
    Country: Denmark
    Reviewed: Descriptive
    Organisation: City of Copenhagen
  • Older People Remaining at Home - (OPRAH) Pilot Project

    The project provides supported home environment and a more integrated approach to care for frail older people who live alone, or/and experience a disability or have a carer experiencing stress or burden as a result of their caring role.

    Year:
    Themes:
    Country: Ireland
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Dublin City Council
  • Service user participation in the “Building Better Lives” Programme

    Building Better Lives runs in Gloucestershire and aims to modernise services and bring them together across all ages and all disabilities. It aims to ensure the system is based more on peer support than formal services, delivered by disabled people.

    Year:
    Themes:
    Country: United Kingdom
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: Gloucestershire Learning Disability Joint Commissioning Partnership / Gloucestershire County Council (GCC)
  • Peer support to help recovery: the example of the French Mutual Support Groups

    The ’Groupes d’Entraide Mutuelle’ or Mutual Support Groups are a way of supporting people by people who share the same health issues and disabilities, such as mental health problems or brain injuries.They have been recognised by the French legislation.

    Year:
    Country: France
    Reviewed: Analysed
    Organisation: National level: National Solidarity Fund for Independence (CNSA: Caisse nationale de solidarité pour l’autonomie)

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