Thematic Panel Discussions

Thematic Panel Discussion 1 | 1 July 2021 | 14:00 - 15:15

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. Using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to support individuals needs, goals and outcomes

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

2. A public-social participation model for older people 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 2 | 1 July 2021 | 14:00 - 15:15

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

Begoña Roman, Chair of the Catalan Social Services Ethics Committee, Regional Government of Catalonia, Spain (ES)

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. Training staff to prevent abuse of adults with learning disabilities

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