On April 20th and 21st, European Social Network (ESN) members gathered in Brussels to explore the transformation of social welfare. The focus of the discussion was on the impact of the financial crisis in social welfare across Europe with a view to come up with areas of work for ESN for 2018- 2020.

The European Social Network (ESN) launches our annual 'year-in-review' publication for 2016, highlighting our activities and achievements over the past 12 months. Chief Executive John Halloran introduces the report.

A European Commission conference provided an opportunity to exchange insight about integrating unaccompanied children at the local level.

ESN has undertaken members’ visits to better understand young migrants’ challenges in their transition to adulthood.

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.

The employment situation of Europe’s younger generation has gradually improved, but the participation of disconnected young people remains concerning.

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.

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 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.

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