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ESN Newsletter
  October 2016
 
 
 
 
 

Learning disabilities and older age: how to plan person-centred social services

 

The intersectionality of ageing and disabilities has implications for social services, which were at the core of the discussions at the meetings of ESN’s working groups on 12 October.

 
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Improving quality of services for older people through technological innovation
 
In times of severe budget constraints and a rising number of older people in need of support, innovative solutions can have huge potential. ESN’s Working Group on Ageing and Care looked at a number of such examples.
 
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Users and social care managers work together to improve the quality of disability support services

 
Service user involvement and a qualified, well-supported workforce are crucial to ensure high quality social services for persons with disabilities. ESN disability working group looked at practical ways to ensure that their services develop along these lines.
 
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Innovation in Paris challenges French social directors to take risks
 
ESN’s Chief Executive John Halloran recently took part in the French National Conference for Social Welfare Directors (Journées Nationales de l’ANDASS) in Paris, where ‘social innovation’ was quite literally the name of the game during three thought-provoking days.
 
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The key role public services play in supporting care leavers’ transition to adulthood
 
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. He shares his insights from the event and key elements for success in local practice across Europe.
 
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Improving mental health policy won’t work without better prevention and service access, claim mental health experts
 
The European Social Network (ESN) attended the first meeting of the the EU Compass on Mental health and Wellbeing on 6-7 October in Luxembourg. Among the findings were that mental health policy cannot succeed without increased access to services and smarter prevention methods.
 
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Calls to improve the work-life balance for carers
 
Informal carers are often overlooked in long-term care policies. They struggle to balance employment, care duties and their own personal lives. It is an issue which disproportionately affects women.
 
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The newly published paper on the impact of the refugee crisis on local public services is now available
 
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Investing in Childrens' Services. Improving Outcomes
 
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Integrated Social Services in Europe
 
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Vulnerable youth in Europe: improving young people's participation in society.
 
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European Social Services Conference 2016 - The Hague: Welcome plenary and plenary session 1 and more
 
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Register to ESN seminar on the social service workforce | 15-16 Nov.

 
 
 
This is the last chance to register to the Seminar that ESN is going to host in Bratislava on 15-16 Nov. Do not miss out this unique event to share knowledge and get to know more about the social service workforce in Europe.
 
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