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ESN Newsletter
  November 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Lessons from Europe: how investing in the workforce can improve the quality of social services
 

Against a backdrop of ageing populations, growing diversity and complexity of needs as well as fiscal challenges and social services privatisation, there has been a move towards more integration, personalisation, and services co-production. However, it is unlikely that this cultural shift can be achieved without investing and promoting reform in the workforce. The elements and the extent of such reform proved a topic of keen debate at the European Social Network's (ESN) annual seminar, organised in Bratislava on 15-16 November 2016.

 
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Training and educating the social service workforce of the future
 
Delegates at European Social Network seminar identify key developments in modernising social work and social care education and training in Europe.
 
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Can improved mobility solve the social services workforce recruitment crisis?
 
ESN's seminar looked at how to recruit enough, adequately trained social services professionals to meet current and future workforce needs.
 
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Connecting Europe with local communities: new EU Semester report launched
 
ESN launches its latest report, providing input into the European Semester coordination process by analysing local challenges for social services in 25 Member States.
 
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Investing in children’s services: how local policies are supporting the implementation of European recommendations
 
In preparation for Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, events in Italy and Spain showed how local policy developments are transforming child social welfare and promoting child participation alongside European recommendations.
 
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European Social Services Conference 2017 – first wave of speakers announced!
 
Government ministers, directors of public Social Services, leading academics, social entrepreneurs and pioneers of innovation – discover our eclectic mix of speakers joining us on 26-28 June 2017 in Malta for the 25th European Social Services Conference.
 
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Assessing social policy priorities for the European Semester 2017 – An opportunity to improve local ownership?
 
The European Social Network (ESN) assesses the key social priorities put forward by the European Commission in its Annual Growth Survey for 2017.
 
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Youth employment has stabilised, big investments have been made – but has Europe missed vulnerable young people?
 

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

 
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The migrant crisis - urgent action is needed to protect migrant children, improve reception facilities and tackle hate-crime
 

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 investigation.

 
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Vital step taken towards online accessibility
 

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.

 
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ESN reports back from two Peer Learning Visits in Catalonia and in Sweden on peer learning in the areas of integrated care and welfare technology. ESN member, the Masovian Social Policy Centre, shows us how they have used EU funds for developing community-based services in Poland and finally RAND Europe seeks community-based social innovation suggestions from ESN members for WHO study.
 
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Connecting Europe with local communities: social services priorities for the European Semester 2017
 
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Investing in Children's Services - Publication launch report
 
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