Thematic Panel Discussions

Thematic Panel Discussion 1 | 10 July 2020 | 10:15 - 11:45

‘Leave no child behind!’: European examples of integrated family and children’s services

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Presentations in: German, English
Interpretation into: German, English

What are the political and financial incentives to promote integrated prevention policies for children and families? Which integrated services for children and families can be transferred across countries? These are some of the questions that will be addressed at this thematic panel discussion. The session, led and moderated by Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation, will present a study of policies and incentives in 12 European countries to improve local prevention policies for children and families. Delegates will also learn about specific policy and practice in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands.

1. Neighbourhood-driven integrated approach to empower families in Graz, Austria

Ines Pamperl, Head of Medical Service, Youth and Family Office, City of Graz, Austria

2. SAFJ: A community, family and child-based approach in Hamburg, Germany

Holger Stuhlmann, Chief Officer, Family and Social Affairs Department, Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

3. Assessment of the child and family reforms in the Netherlands

Caroline Vink, Senior Policy Adviser, Youth Institute, The Netherlands

4. Cooperation between national and local administrations to promote successful transition from school to employment in Vienna, Austria

Ursula Berner, Member of the Federal Parliament of Vienna, Austria


Thematic Panel Discussion 2 | 10 July 2020 | 10:15 - 11:45

Promoting self-help and community support

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Presentations in: English, Spanish, German
Interpretation into: English, Spanish, German

While self-care is about the individual caring for their own needs, community care is focused on the collective: taking care of people together, from basic physical needs to psychological ones. This session 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. Delegates at this session will learn about the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare assessment of needs that allows individuals to strengthen their own personal resources to help them participate in community activities. Empowering individuals has had a positive impact on increased levels of participation of older people in the Basque Country (Spain). The region is implementing an older people’s plan that focuses, among others, on a successful dialogue with all stakeholders in the community. Delegates at the session will also learn how Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa works on the personal and social skills of young people leaving care to help them transition to adulthood. Finally, the third sector organisations Leben mit Behinderung Hamburg and Balance Vienna will present how ‘circles of support’ can build a supportive social network around persons with intellectual disabilities.

1. Promoting self-assessment to achieve one’s needs, goals and outcomes

Erik Wessman, Programme Officer, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden

2. Model for the participation of older people in public policy in the Basque Country

Lide Amilibia, Regional Deputy Minister for Social Policy, Basque Country, Spain

3. Autonomy and Community Integration: supporting the transition to adulthood of young people leaving care

João Bicho, Community Integration Team Director, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Portugal

4. Circles of Support: building supportive networks for people with intellectual disabilities

Céline Müller, Project Management, Wunschwege, Leben mit Behinderung Hamburg, Germany


Thematic Panel Discussion 3 | 10 July 2020 | 10:15 - 11:45

Safeguarding in Community Care: Protecting people to stay safe

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Presentations in: English, Spanish, German
Interpretation into: English, Spanish, German

Safeguarding is about preventing harm happening to people using social services and responding effectively when it occurs. Drawing on examples from Malta, the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, this panel discussion will explore different safeguarding measures put in place by social services across Europe in their community care interventions. First, the session will start by exploring the importance of adequately training staff in human rights-based approaches to prevent neglect or abuse with vulnerable adults, with specific examples from Ireland and the UK. Second, representatives from the Social Care Standards Authority in Malta will take us through the work they have done to ensure the safety of children and prospective parents in the implementation of blockchain technology in adoption processes. Finally, delegates will hear about the work of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee, created with the aim of supporting social services professionals in developing a model of care for vulnerable people in line with a human rights approach. More specifically, the right of people to participate actively in the community and in decision-making processes affecting them.

1. Training staff to prevent abuse of adults with learning disabilities

Herculano Castro, Senior Group Operations Manager, Mentaur Group, United Kingdom

2. Supporting staff to implement a human rights-based approach in community care

Deirdre Connolly, Standards Development Lead, Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), Ireland

3. Ensuring safety in the implementation of blockchain technology for adoption

Matthew Vella, Chief Executive Officer, Social Care Standards Authority, Malta

4. The Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee: involving people using services in decision-making

Francesc Iglesies, Coordinator of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee and Secretary of Social Affairs and Families, Regional Government of Catalunya, Spain


Thematic Panel Discussion 4 | 10 July 2020 | 10:15 - 11:45

Long-term care: Europe-wide workforce challenges and recent developments

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Presentations in: English, German
Interpretation into: English, German

The future of long-term care (LTC) services is likely to face human and financial resource challenges, both for the countries where access to LTC is relatively well-developed and for those that seek to build up or improve access. Eurofound’s forthcoming report on LTC workforce was carried out at the request of the European Commission and draws on analysis of the European Working Conditions Survey, Labour Force Survey, and the input from Eurofound’s representatives in European countries. It focuses on working and employment conditions in the LTC sector, and highlights challenges and solution-oriented policy practices regarding self-employed, live-in, and migrant care workers. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss with the speakers the development of expertise and service quality, social dialogue practice and career prospects with a view to improve the attractiveness of the LTC sector for the workforce.

1. Eurofound: first results from the LTC workforce study

Tadas Leončikas, Senior research manager, Social policies unit, Eurofound

2. European Commission Commentary

Observations on challenges to the long-term care workforce by Katarina Ivankovic-Knezevic, Director for Social Affairs, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

3. Expert Commentary

Kai Leichsenring, Executive director, European centre for social welfare policy and research

4. Enhancement of home-care to facilitate respite for informal carers, an example from Finland

Maria Kuukkanen, Development Manager, Finnish Federation of Foster Care Associations THL- National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland