With ‘Invest – Innovate – Transform: Empowering people and communities’ as the title of the 26th European Social Services Conference, this year’s event will put the spotlight on how investing in people, partnerships, the workforce and technology can transform the world of social work.  European Social Network (ESN) member, the Regional Ministry of Equality and Social Policies of the Regional Government of Andalusia, is co-hosting the 2018 Conference in the beautiful city of Seville from 28-30 May. 

The Conference will cover important subjects like more efficient use of public budgets, tools and human capital. It will also focus on the long-term empowerment of service users, how to develop the workforce and the promotion of economic and social investment through better partnerships.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to learn from leaders working in the sector.  Numerous organisations will showcase best practice examples in a series of informative workshops over the course of the three-day Conference.  Added to this, delegates will be able to make all-important connections and network with over 500 other members and non-members participants.

A host of eminent speakers have already agreed to pass on their expert knowledge at this year’s Conference. These include:

Christian Bodewig, Program Leader for Inclusive Growth in European Union Member States, Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank. Christian coordinates the Bank’s program in education, health, poverty and social protection, and labour in European Union Member States. 

Herminia Palacio, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, New York City, United States.  Herminia is tasked with addressing homelessness across the five boroughs, developing a citywide network for mental health support, coordinating across the City’s public healthcare system, improving access to social services for all New Yorkers, and ensuring Agencies oversee the City’s most vulnerable populations.

Susana Díaz Pacheco, President of the region of Andalusia, Spain.  Susana has prioritized the mobilization of resources for the creation of employment, the shielding of the welfare state and the implementation of transparency measures and control of public funds in the Andalusian Administration.

Raf Manji, Chair of Finance and Performance, Councillor for Waimairi, Christchurch City Council, New Zealand. Raf is Chair of the Finance Committee and his main areas of work have been the universal basic income and new forms of social contract.

John Bolton, Independent Consultant in social care and Visiting Professor at Institute of Public Care. John works across the UK as a consultant on efficiency and effectiveness within health and social care.  He was formerly Director of Community Services at Coventry City Council and Strategic Finance Director at the Department of Health.

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26th European Social Services Conference Details

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