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19-08-2014 |

Call for an external expert on Monitoring and Evaluation

The EU Alliance for Investing in Children is seeking an external consultant to support its work through the design of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

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18-08-2014 |

Call for Research on Commission's understanding of Provider Neutrality

To support the advocacy work we do in Brussels, and throughout Europe, we are looking for a Researcher who would be willing to do a study analysing the European Commission's understanding of the neutrality of the provider concept.  

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18-08-2014 |

Registration for the final conference on the project “My Rights My Voice” is now opened!

The partnership of the project My Rights My Voice proudly announces that the final conference of the project will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, on September 25th 2014. The registration form is now open and the programme is already available.

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11-08-2014 |

Conference on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

The Council of Europe organises in Brussels from 4 to 5 December a Conference on “the implementation of the Guidelines for Assisting People with Disabilities during Emergency, Crises and Disasters and the Recommendation on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response”

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Last Publications

REACHING OUT: EASPD Strategic Choices 2014-2017: Building an Inclusive Society

With European society struggling to balance social rights with budget cuts in the face of the lingering economic crisis, the disability sector finds itself at a crossroad. The coming years will be decisive in shaping the social support services sector of the future, and we cannot do it alone. Cooperation and networking have to be developed at all levels to pave the way for an inclusive society where persons with disabilities can fully enjoy all their rights, and if needed, be supported by community-based services.

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Report on recruitment and retention in the social services sector

The report 'HR strategy and recommendations for improving the attractiveness of the social services sector in Europe' was commissioned by EASPD to Vlerick's University and includes a fact sheet on staffing tendencies in the social sector in Europe; a toolkit with creative ideas on staffing and HR methods and a set of recommendations to EU authorities. The information has been gathered through desk and field research: more than 20 interviews were conducted with social service providers for people with disabilities across Western Europe.

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Press Releases

21-05-2014

Having recently learnt about bad practices in the provision of care-services for people with disabilities in Belgium, France and Romania, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) highlights the need to monitor the quality standards of all types of social service provision in Europe and calls on the EU institutions to provide a technical response to avoid more scandals in the future as well as a political reaction based on a public hearing in the European Parliament.

22-01-2014

On 15 January 2014 the European Parliament adopted a new Public Procurement directive which recognizes the specific identity of social services, and, because of this, entitles them to a specific so called “lighter regime” that requires simpler rules and a stronger focus on quality outcomes.