• German Association for Public and Private Welfare

    The German Association for Public and Private Welfare (Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V.) is the joint forum of municipalities and non-statutory social welfare organisations and their social services in Germany, private commercial enterprises, the Länder (federal states) and academia in all fields of social work, social policy and social law. ...mehr

New course offers unique learning opportunity to meet the needs of unaccompanied and separated children on the move
Developed by among others ISS (International Social Service) this course is aimed to support those working in the field of Children Moving Alone

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Gruppenfoto vom International Social Service (ISS)

16 April 2019 – ISS Casework Coordinators Meeting 2019 at the German Association

From 15-17 April, the casework coordinators of the Members of International Social Service (ISS) have come together for their annual Meeting.
This year, the three-day meeting is hosted by International Social Service Germany (ISD) at the “Deutscher Verein” (German Association for Public and Private Welfare) in Berlin.

The participants, who came from 19 countries and regions, are working out common standards for cross-border cooperation of the international network in the field of child protection, family conflicts and questions concerning migration. Moreover, they share ideas concerning individual cases. This year, another item on the agenda is the election of a new Chair.

Foto: Herr Löher und Herr Montero

German Association for Public and Private Welfare is committed to strong impulses for a Social Europe

On March 14, 2019 Michael Löher, Executive Director of the German Association, welcomed Mr. Alfonso Montero, Chief Executive of the European Social Network (ESN), in Berlin to discuss their point of views and options for cooperation on the occasion of current European developments with regard to social services, the upcoming European elections in May 2019 and the German EU Presidency in 2020.

Mr. Alfonso Montero has been Chief Executive since 2018. For almost 30 years, ESN has been representing the interests of Directors of Social Services in the EU institutions and is particularly active in the field of European social affairs and employment policies. The German Association has been an ESN member since 2008. Altogether the network now counts more than 125 municipalities and associations of municipal representatives from 33 European countries among its members, and the trend is rising.

In an interview, Mr. Montero explained his views on current developments at EU level in relation to social policy and social services and briefly presented the main topics of his network for the next few months. The German Association will support the ESN with its expertise - as it has done for over 20 years -, e.g., with a workshop on questions of quality in inpatient care for children and adolescents in Germany at this year's European Social Services Conference of the ESN from June 5 -7, 2019 in Milan, Italy. The European Social Services Conference 2020 will take place in Hamburg during the German EU presidency starting at 1st July 2020. You can find thefull interview [PDF, 240 KB]

More information on the European Social Services Conference 2019 in Milan you can find here:

Foto: Frau Markowski, Herr Chalupka und Herr Seebeck

ICSW Expert meeting “Poverty in families – approaches for social mobility in Germany, Austria and Switzerland”, November 16-17, 2017

In November 2017 ca. 20 experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland from research institutions, welfare organisations and ministries gathered in Berlin to compare their views on families in poverty and social mobility. The seminar was a joint event of ICSW Europe and it members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Although the facts are well-known, no comprehensive success of initiatives to avoid or reduce poverty in families has been observed to date. Ways out of poverty - social mobility is primarily understood as educational mobility in the different phases of life of the family members. In addition to measures for overcoming barriers to education, the experts’ discussions focussed on expanding prevention offers, “docked” with regular establishments such as childcare services, (primary) schools or public healthcare offers. Last but not least, improving the income situation of families plays a role, of course. That means integration of women into employment or a higher work intensity amongst women are nessecary to forge paths out of poverty for families and their children.

Report ICSW Expert meeting [PDF, 850 KB]

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