It’s time to choose your ESSC panel discussion

Safeguarding, Self-help and Community Support, and the integration of benefits and social services are crucial elements in making community care work for people in need. On 1 July, the second day of the European Social Services Conference (ESSC) 2021, you will have the possibility to get inspired by one of our three parallel discussions, providing you with in depth knowledge on how to involve and protect vulnerable groups in the delivery of community-based services. It is now time to choose the panel you would like to attend of the three that will run in parallel:

Safeguarding in Community Care: Protecting people to stay safe

Drawing on examples from the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, the “safeguarding’ panel will explore practice to develop your local model of care ensuring respect of human rights, participation of people using services, and effective workforce training. The panel will consist of experts from the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee, the Health Information and Quality Authority in Ireland and the Mentaur Group, a specialist care service provider for adults with learning disabilities in the UK. The experts will share their first-hand experience and advice on how safeguarding protocols, training and participation methods can help support people in services, particularly in times of crisis.

Promoting self-help and community support

This panel will explore a crucial pillar of community care: the support offered to individuals “by’ the community, as well as how the community can help individuals to reinforce their own assets and promote self-help. Learn how self-assessment, participation of older people, community support for young adults and cycles of support for people with disabilities can create a strong basis for community-based support, also in times of crisis.

Innovation in Integrated Minimum Income and Social Services Programmes

The Recovery and Resilience Facility Funds and future FSE+ provide a good basis for robust investment in public social services and aim to transform care and social welfare support models. Minimum income schemes are among the European recommendations for social welfare systems and Spain launched last year its first national minimum income. This social benefit should be combined with access to social services in an integrated social inclusion programme that guarantees the active participation of beneficiaries in our societies.

Delegates at this session will learn about how the European Funds can be used to promote these approaches using a wide range of resources, including technology and digital tools, to guarantee their implementation. Speakers will include senior representatives from national, regional authorities and the private sector. Select now the panel discussion that you wish to attend

Choose the panel you are most interested in. If you are not yet registered at the ESSC, please do so and indicate your preference in the registration form. Should you already be registered, please reply to the email that you will receive in your inbox.