Peer review on 'Homelessness from a child’s perspective', Brussels (Belgium), 27-28 June 2018

The peer review in Belgium will seek to highlight the key elements of an effective child homelessness strategy to ensure the well-being and rights of children currently without a home.


Peer Review on 'Germany’s latest reforms of the long-term care system', Berlin, Germany, 11-12 January 2018

Increased longevity, medical advances, shrinking working-age population and changing family patterns mean that Member States of the European Union, while diverse, face a common challenge of growing needs for long-term care. Improving access to quality and affordable long-term care services, in particular to community-based care, provided by adequately qualified professionals, is therefore crucial across Europe.


Peer Review on ‘Social entrepreneurship to tackle unmet social challenges’, Oslo, Norway, 12 and 13 December 2017

In Norway, the growth of social entrepreneurship and social innovation has primarily been driven by individuals, enterprises and investors. Political interest in the field was demonstrated in 2011 with the establishment of a grant for social entrepreneurs who target their initiatives at combating poverty and social exclusion. The government that took office in autumn 2013 stated in its political platform that it would improve the conditions for using social entrepreneurs and the voluntary sector in the welfare system. Currently there are several ongoing initiatives to improve the conditions for social entrepreneurs, such as an inter-service working group consisting of nine ministries or a research project to assess framework conditions and schemes for supporting social entrepreneurship.


Peer Review in Lithuania: Social Protection Information System (SPIS)

Promoting well-functioning and fair welfare systems across Europe is one of the key initiatives of the European Commission under the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights launched in 2017. This framework includes essential social protection rights for people across Europe, the administration of which crucially depends on effective data management systems.


Peer Review on ‘Single mothers facing poverty: Providing adequate financial, material and social support for sustainable social integration’, Genk, Belgium, 5th and 6th October

In all EU Member States, single-parent families’ poverty rate is substantially higher than among two-parent families, according to the at-risk-of-poverty (AROP) indicator. In Belgium, this risk is particularly high, as one in two single parent families was at-risk-of-poverty in 2016, a ratio 2.6 times higher than for the total population.

Peer Review in Belgium: Reconciling Family Life and Entrepreneurship 13/07/2017

Peer Review in Belgium: Reconciling Family Life and Entrepreneurship

In the first quarter of 2017 self-employed people made up 15% of the workforce in EU Member States.

New social policy initiatives in the UK 12/04/2017

New social policy initiatives in the UK

Two new Flash Reports prepared by the European Social policy Network (ESPN) have just become available and provide information on recent social policy initiatives in the United Kingdom.

Peer Review in Deutschland: Der Index für aktives Altern auf lokaler Ebene 23/05/2016

Peer Review in Deutschland: Der Index für aktives Altern auf lokaler Ebene

Der Index für aktives Altern (AAI) gibt Aufschluss darüber, in welchem Umfang das Potential älterer Menschen hinsichtlich ihres Beitrags zu Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft – sei es in entgeltlichen oder ehrenamtlichen Aktivitäten – sowie in Bezug auf ein unabhängiges, gesundes und sicheres Leben ausgeschöpft wird.

Peer Review in Belgien: Housing First 26/04/2016

Peer Review in Belgien: Housing First

Belgien hat im Rahmen der Wohnungslosenhilfe in acht Städten das „Housing First“-Modell eingeführt. Das Konzept beruht auf „Wohnen zuerst“: Der Zielgruppe – Obdachlosen mit besonderem Unterstützungsbedarf – wird möglichst rasch eine dauerhafte Wohnung vermittelt, begleitet von einer umfassenden Sozialbetreuung in der Wohnung, wann immer erforderlich.

Peer Review in Irland: Prävention und Frühintervention für armutsgefährdete Kinder 09/03/2016

Peer Review in Irland: Prävention und Frühintervention für armutsgefährdete Kinder

In Irland ist ein besser koordiniertes, integriertes Herangehen an den Bereich der kinderorientierten Dienstleistungen im Aufbau. Damit soll es gelingen, den komplexen Problemstellungen benachteiligter Familien auf kohärente, ganzheitliche Weise zu begegnen. Diese Peer Review setzte sich mit bewährten Verfahren aus Irland sowie Lernpotentialen aus anderen EU-Mitgliedstaaten auseinander.

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