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“Not Patients, but citizens with rights” project: spreading the European Care Certificate across the continent

The project “Not Patients, but citizens with rights” is coming to an end. For that, more than 120 delegates and representatives from the European social sector meet today in the city museum of Ljubljana (Slovenia) at a final conference to analyse the learning results of the intensive work developed during the past two years.


The project “Not Patients, but citizens with rights” (2012-2014) has continued with the work previously done by the project “European Care Licence” (2006-2008) and the project “Creating a Common Foundation in Care” (2009-2011). The three of them have been supported by the European Leonardo Da Vinci programme. The importance of this cluster of projects lies on the fact that they have succeed in developing a European Care Certificate (ECC), which is progressively been implemented in European countries.


Based on a Pan-European Consultation, the original partners developed the BESCLO (Basic European Social Care Learning Outcomes), which is a set of ‘learning outcomes’ coming from the social sector in different EU countries having already developed induction programmes for staff in social care. The BESCLO covers 8 key topics for the social care sector: the Values of Social Care, the Promotion of Life Quality for the Individuals, Working with Risk, Understanding the Role as a Care Worker, Safety at Work, Communicating Positively, Recognise and Respond to Abuse and Neglect, Develop as a Worker. Today there are 15 EU countries using and further developing the ECC.


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) has coordinated the third project for the past two years and co-organised the final conference of the project in Ljubljana together with the Slovenian centre CUDV Draga.


More information

See the learning results of the BESCLO consultation.
All about the project “Not Patients, but citizens with rights”.
Read the results and how to join and implement the ECC.


The CUDV DRAGA Centre in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The CUDV Draga is a Slovenian education, training, work, care and rehabilitation centre for children, adolescents and adults with moderate, severe and profound intellectual disabilities and additionally impairments.



Stefana Cankova, EASPD Project and Membership Officer
T. +32 2 282 46 10