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ESN Newsletter
February 2016
 
Annual Review 2015
We are delighted to share with you our annual report for 2015.

2015 has been a year of tremendous engagement by members in a whole range of activities. We saw this in the working groups on older people looking at community initiatives in Seville, on mainstream employment of disabled people in Vilnius and in the peer review on investing in children in Budapest.

The work on research and evidence with its toolkit for public services, the review of national government plans within the EU Semester framework, and our research into integrated services for the Manchester seminar were milestones in new developments for ESN.


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Social care workforce in older people's services
The fourth meeting of ESN's Working Group on Ageing and Care took place in Mechelen, Belgium, on 11-12 February 2016, hosted by ESN member, the Flemish Association of Directors of Social Services. It looked at common challenges and new demands for training and skills development, support for family carers and workforce planning, including recruitment and retention.

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Integrated social services in Europe
ESN publishes a report on key issues around cooperation and integration of social services with education, health and employment.
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Launch of the ESN Annual Review 2015 - Letter from ESN Chief Executive
The European Social Network (ESN) launches its annual review for 2015, highlighting our work and achievements from the past year.
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Improving Europe's mental health systems and services
On 21-22 January 2016 took place in Brussels the concluding conference of the Joint Action on Mental health and Wellbeing that launched policy recommendations to develop better mental health systems and services across Europe.
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European Social Services Conference 2016 – launch of new website and first speaker announcement
We are delighted to launch the new website for our annual conference - this year we are partnering with the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union to bring the event to the World Forum in The Hague on 20-22 June 2016.
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Latest European News
Supporting inclusive education through ICT and innovation

On 10-12 February 2016, more than 500 participants from 70 countries gathered in the United Nations' headquarters in Vienna (Austria) to discuss inclusive education and ICT for children with disabilities at the Zero project's annual conference.

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The creation of a 'we-community' in Rotterdam
ESN interviews Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb ahead of his appearance at this year’s European Social Services Conference
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Commission launches the annual Employment and Social Developments in Europe review

On 21 January 2016, launched the Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2015 (ESDE 2015) report. This annual review underpins the EU’s policy actions and recommendations in pursuit of the Europe 2020 employment and social targets.

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Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2016
The Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2016 will be held in Brussels. This year the Convention will deal with the theme of inclusive growth, with a special focus on the European Pillar of Social Rights.
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News for Members
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Dr Reima Ana Maglajlic from the Network on Social Work and Extreme Events at the University of Sussex gives ESN members an introduction to their network, its background, initiation, and purpose.

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Looking ahead. Local public social services priorities for the European Semester 2016

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Evidence-based social services: toolkit for planning and evaluating social services

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