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For your information:
1/ Dear colleagues, here is a message by Carol Kelly, FICE USA, to all of you:
"Many of you many know that childhood poverty is a reality in the USA. There is an excellent overview of this reality presented in an interview with Marion Wright Edelman, National Children' Defense, by Tavis Smiley. This informative interview contains documented statistics/research and sound basis for the need to prioritize lessening/eliminating childhood poverty. The publication ENDING CHILD POVETY NOW is a recent publication which is a sound resource. This brief interview can be accessed through Google: Tavis Smiley March 9, 2015. I think that the underlying rational of focusing on lessening/eliminating poverty being a core priority is applicable to all countries. Hope that you many find value in this resource. Welcome your sharing response and possible use/application in your countries.
Together we can advocate for reducing/ending childhood poverty!"
2/ UNESCO - Major 2015 Events: Driving momentum for a new development agenda. More at: http://tinyurl.com/m9ddly7

3/ Safe The Children - 0.7% aid bill becomes law: why we should all be celebrating. More at: http://tinyurl.com/kq26yyu

4/ Eurochild - Social protection systems in the EU: financing arrangements and the effectiveness and efficiency of resource allocation. More at: http://tinyurl.com/ln289k3

For more interesting information visit FICE Public Facebook group: http://tiny.cc/p88dox. Just join the group, it is not necessary to become "friends" with "Fice Fice" profile.
For your information:
1/ Eurochild -Eurochild input on FRA's mapping of EU child protection systems. More at: http://tinyurl.com/kj7jspw

2/ Eurochild -CATS 2015 (Children as actors for transforming society) flyer is out. More at: http://tinyurl.com/ka4sfzn

3/ Eurochild -Looking for examples of discrimination against children. More at: http://tinyurl.com/lyuo99o

4/ UNICEF - Social inclusion data on children in Albania. More at: http://tinyurl.com/ocnmrtd

5/ Better Care Network - The latest Newsletter at: http://tinyurl.com/qcrus7k

6/ IFCO - UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children: five years onwards. More at: http://tinyurl.com/onnnp7p

For more interesting information visit FICE Public Facebook group: http://tiny.cc/p88dox. Just join the group, it is not necessary to become "friends" with "Fice Fice" profile.

Today is:
- Today our colleagues from FICE Australia celebrate Labour Day in Australia! Happy holiday dear colleagues! More at: http://tinyurl.com/csbbbu

- On 15 March our colleagues from FICE Hungary will observe 1848 Revolution Memorial Day! Happy holiday dear colleagues! More at: http://tinyurl.com/aqflgz

Wish you a successful new working week!

1) IFCO 2015 World Conference Call for Papers.
The upcoming IFCO World Conference “Tell Someone Who Cares” will take place in Sydney, Australia on 8-11 November 2015. The conference will foster a multi-cultural dialogue and provide an opportunity to showcase different aspects of foster, kinship and relative care both in a national Australian and global contexts. The theme/key areas of content are:
· Trauma and foster care
· Behavioural issues
· Case studies
· Therapeutic foster care
· Restoration - back to family
· Professional foster care
· Indigenous foster care
· Other
The call for abstracts is open until 2 March 2015, the papers can be submitted via the following link. Further details can be also found in the Call for Papers Brochure attached.

2) Call for expressions of interest to host IFCO Conferences in 2016 and 2017
We are looking to identify two host countries for the next IFCO Regional Conference that will take place in 2016 and IFCO World Conference scheduled for 2017. The deadline for submission is 9 March 2015. Further details can be found at http://ifco.info/news-and-blogs/latest-news/call-for-expressions-of-interest-to-host-ifco-conferences-in-2016-and or in the document attached.

Should you need any further information for clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

FICE colleagues world wide,
May 7th is THANK A YOUTH WORKER DAY. Information is available: http://www.thankayouthworkerday.com/ This is an opportunity to express appreciation to those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children an youth. Each program, organization has the opportunity to create a way within the organization, program, culture to say thank you to our professionals. We welcome your sharing what your program, agency, organization did for this special tribute... photos welcomed! FICE might consider posting/sharing what is done to celebrate the contributions of youth care workers.
Carol Kelly,
FICE-USA (carol.kelly@csuned)

I was informed that the CF in Barcelona(5-7th november 2014) went very good and would like to congratulate you for the job well done and to thank FICE Spain very much for the good organisation!!!

For those of you who were not able to be there I can share one news - FICE Bosnia and Herzegovina, FICE Brazil and FICE Serbia were accepted for full FICE members! Congratulations dear colleagues!

The next CF will be hosted by FICE Serbia and will take place in Belgrade.

And now, as usual I would like to remind you to share news about your work and the news it's not necessary to be part of your FICE National Section activities only. The information will be posted on FICE website and FICE Facebook group and this will help our 33 country representatives (individual members and NSs) to feel more related to each-other and also the present or future FICE partners to know more about the extent of our work! Looking forward receiving your news!

For your information:
1/ Kenya Conference Abstract – a news from Simon Otieno, President of FICE Kenya:
“Attached herein is an abstract document for the upcoming conference in Kenya APRIL 9th and 10th 2015.
Its unforutinate i was not get enough time to present is at the FC. The ten minutes wasnt enough especially owing to the fact that i was also mandated to give the FICE-Africa report but nevertheless here is the document.
The presentations will be linked to the confrence theme CULTURE AND CARE. And the sub themes will depict: Dependency and Care, The role of Government in CYCW, Transforming the Government services in CYCW and finally Proffessionalizing CYCW.
The key note speaker will be Hermann Radler (FICE-Austria) and other members are welcome to give the kenyan section an International look.
The conference expectation will revolve arround sharing models among other targets.
More about the conference will be communicated as any news arises.”

2/ SOS Children's Villages - Turning 25: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. More at: http://tiny.cc/8773ox

3/ Eurochild - Press statement by the EU Alliance for Investing in Children ahead of the Annual Growth Survey 2015. More at: http://tiny.cc/y573ox

4/ Eurochild - FRA looks at how Member States involve children in research. The map created by FRA shows the different EU rules, regulations and guidelines regarding the participation of children in research. More at: http://tiny.cc/l373ox

5/ UNESCO - Ministers, vice-ministers and governmental representatives from the Latin America and Caribbean region agreed on a vision and commitments for education post-2015 at a regional Education for All, UNESCO meeting held in Lima, Peru. More at: http://tiny.cc/j073ox

6/ UNESCO - ?#?YouthPolicyMatters: UNESCO commits to Global Initiative on Youth Policies. More at: http://tiny.cc/xy73ox

For more interesting information visit FICE Public Facebook group: http://tiny.cc/p88dox. Just join the group, it is not necessary to become "friends" with "Fice Fice" profile.

Today is:
- Today is World Science Day for Peace and Development! Theme for 2014: Quality Science Education: ensuring a sustainable future for all. More at: http://tiny.cc/3m13ox.

- On 16 November is the International Day for Tolerance! More at: http://tiny.cc/1s13ox.

- On 11 November our colleagues from FICE Serbia will observe their public holiday since 2012 - Armistice Day in Serbia! More at: http://tiny.cc/cn83ox. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 11 November our colleagues from FICE USA will observe the Veterans Day! More at: http://tiny.cc/ko83ox. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 15 November our colleagues from FICE Brazil will observe Proclamation of the Republic (Brazil)! More at: http://tiny.cc/ss83ox. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 16 November our colleagues from FICE Germany will observe National Day of Mourning! More at: http://tiny.cc/jw83ox. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

1/ UNICEF - 25 YEARS OF CHILD RIGHTS IN SOUTH ASIA. How have the lives of children changed over the last 25 years in the eight countries of South Asia? More at: http://generation25.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Improving-Children-s-Lives-Transforming-the-Future.pdf AND at: http://generation25.org/.

2/ UNICEF - New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children. More at: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_75530.html

3/ UNICEF - No “back to school” for 30 million children affected by conflict and crisis. More at: http://www.unicef.org/media/media_75652.html

4/ NEW UNICEF INNOVATION ANNUAL REPORT: 2014. More at: http://unicefstories.org/2014/08/29/new-unicef-innovation-annual-report-2014/

5/ Eurochild - ECHR: NGOs can now bring States to court to protect people without defence. More at: http://www.openingdoors.eu/?p=1297&preview=true.

6/ Eurochild Annual Conference - Submissions are welcomed for the participation of a child in the opening plenary, for workshop presentations, and for videos at a children’s corner. More at: http://www.eurochild.org/news/news-details/article/call-for-contributions-on-child-participation-at-eurochild-annual-conference/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1512536e5350e9b4ffb2a694ac8dd391

7/ UNESCO Online Youth Community / Communauté en ligne des jeunes de l’UNESCO -This platform is an online space for young women and men to come together and discuss youth issues and find solutions. More at: http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/groups/809448/unesco-online-youth-community-communaut-en-ligne-des-jeunes-de-lunesco/
8/ BCN Newsletter: July-August 2014. In this issue: MAJOR NEW RESEARCH OR INITIATIVES; FOCUS ON LEAVING CARE; and MORE... More at: http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs188/1103522065169/archive/1117967507129.html
Today is:
- Today is the International Day of Democracy! 2014 Theme: Engaging Young People on Democracy. More at: http://www.un.org/en/events/democracyday/. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 16 September is the International Day of Peace! More at: http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 21 September our colleagues from FICE Switzerland will celebrate their The Federal Fast. It is a high holiday with similar stature to Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Christmas. More at: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/switzerland/federal_fast.php. Happy holiday dear colleagues!
For your information:
1/ UNESCO - "The Global Forum on Youth Policies aims to build a common understanding of the needs for and rationales of systemic and cross-sectoral approaches to youth policy, and seeks to develop guiding principles for integrated youth policy development. The first edition will be hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 28 to 30 October 2014" More at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/social-and-human-sciences-events/?tx_browser_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=29169&cHash=9f74557873

2/ AIEJI - Seminar about refugee children: Rome 27-th and 28-th of September. More at: http://aieji.net/aieji-seminar-about-refugee-childen-rome-27th-and-28th-of-september/

3/ SOS Children's Villages - Ukraine update: Families in war zone affected by infrastructure failures. More at: http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/news-and-stories/news/lugansk-update-broken-infrastructure-war-zone

4/ IFCO - Provisional programme for IFCO 2014 announced. More at: http://ifco.info/news-and-blogs/latest-news/provisional-programme-for-ifco2014-announced

5/ Eurochild - Register now for Eurochild's Annual Conference 2014. More at: http://www.eurochild.org/news/news-details/article/register-now-for-eurochilds-annual-conference-2014/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9bf096db4cb6d6aceeff124005bbadb8

For more interesting information visit FICE Open Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/420213391438654/. Just join the group, it is not necessary to become "friends" with "Fice Fice" profile.

Today is:
- On today is the World Humanitarian Day! The theme of 2014 is "The World Needs more..." More at: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanitarianday/.

- On 20 August our colleagues from FICE Estonia will celebrate their Independence Day. More at: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/estonia/independence-restoration-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 20 August our colleagues from FICE Hungary will celebrate their National Day. More at: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/hungary/szent-istvan Happy holiday dear colleagues!

- On 24 August our colleagues from FICE Ukraine will celebrate their Independence Day. More at: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/ukraine/independence-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!


The members of the European Network for Social Action (ENSACT) have worked together since 2007 to promote the human rights based approach of social work, social work education and social policies, in line with the objectives of the global social agenda but with a view to producing
practical solutions at the local and regional level.
As in many other countries worldwide, economic and social inequalities are increasing in Europe. The current crisis has intensified this tendency: as a result, we face major issues such as mass unemployment, poverty and growing social exclusion. There is an urgent need for social policies aimed at reducing inequalities and strengthening cohesion, through the promotion of universal access to basic social protection schemes and social services.
During the past few years in most European countries, governments have adopted measures to reduce public deficits, resulting in cuts in social expenditures. Many social services are delivered under severe financial constraints and professional standards are likely to be reduced: social professionals are suffering a depreciation of their mission. Service users and beneficiaries will also be
affected by this situation, and will have ideas for improvement, which calls for enhancing service users’ involvement.
Given the complexity of the social consequences of the crisis and the interconnection between all of these factors, there is a need for stimulating a much stronger cooperation between service providers, social workers, educators, policy makers, service users and communities. Each stakeholder has to be supported by the others in order to optimize a common efficiency.
The mission of ENSACT is to collectively promote these issues: a more inclusive society, a stronger role for service users, a closer cooperation between professionals. By acknowledging these issues as urgent priorities, we aim to increase the visibility of our actions and the influence we have on decision makers. Social action in Europe deserves to rank higher on the political agenda of European governments, European Union, Council of Europe and other relevant institutions.

Within the very large mission ENSACT members have, we agree to focus on effective strategies to improve the lives of vulnerable target groups that are most affected by the social situation in Europe including:
 People faced with unemployment, homelessness, poverty, drug and alcohol problems
 Disabled people
 Children and elderly people
 Minorities, migrants and refugees
 Women affected by violence, trafficking and prostitution

We aim to obtain our goals by:
• Networking exchanges (research, practices, effective interventions, education methods);
• Get-togethers involving all stakeholders, to discuss and share results;
• Feedback to national governments and European institutions;
• Collecting examples of good practice via the European Observatory;
• Increasing media attention for social issues.

Members of ENSACT

European Association of Schools of Social Work EASSW – www.eassw.org
European association of training centres for socio-educational care work FESET – www.feset.org
International Federation of Educative Communities FICE Europe – www.fice-inter.net
International Council on Social Welfare ICSW Europe – www.icsw.org
International Federation of Social Workers IFSW Europe – www.ifsw.org
PowerUs, service users in social work learning partnership – www.powerus.info

June 2014



For your information:
1/ Safe the Children UK: "Together we have helped more children that never before": http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/leaving-no-child-behind/2013-highlights
2/On July 11 World Population Day: http://www.un.org/en/events/populationday/
3/ Adolescent theatre builds peace in Sierra Leone: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_73906.html
4/ Making the invisible visible, Photo Essays: http://www.unicef.org/photography/photo_essays.php?pid=2AM4080UNHDO

FICE National Section's Holidays:
?- On July 8 our colleagues from FICE Ukraine will celebrate Family Day: ?http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/ukraine/family-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!
- On July 13 our colleagues from FICE Montenegro will celebrate Statehood Day: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statehood_Day_(Montenegro). Happy holiday dear colleagues!

For your information:
1/ The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) released a handbook that aims to help strengthen national guardianship systems for children in Europe. It explains the important role guardians play in protecting all children from child abuse and exploitation: www.eurochild.org/en/news/details-homeblock-links/index.html?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=8105&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=185&cHash=13706f324284dacd1050721db3006845

2/ The Swiss network of children rights – of which ISS is an active member – publishes its report on children rights implementation in Switzerland. The report highlights the different fields where children rights are not guaranteed in Switzerland: http://netzwerk-kinderrechte.ch/fileadmin/nks/aktuelles/ngo-bericht-UN-ausschuss/NGO_Report_CRC_CRNetworkSwitzerland_English.pdf.

FICE National Section's Holidays:
- On July 1 our colleagues from FICE Hong Kong will celebrate Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, which observe the return of Hong Kong to China: http://www.info.gov.hk/info/monument/contente.htm. Happy holiday dear colleagues!
- On July 1 our colleagues from FICE Canada will celebrate Canada Day, a federal holiday to mark the anniversary of the date that Canada became a self-governing country: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/canada-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!
- On July 4 our colleagues from FICE USA will celebrate their Independence Day: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/independence-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!
- On July 6 our colleagues from FICE Czech Republic will celebrate Jan Hus Day, which is a national holiday in the Czech Republic: http://www.answers.com/topic/jan-hus-day. Happy holiday dear colleagues!

25 iunie 2014:
*I would like kindly to remind you about the initiative to publish CVs of the FICE Inter experts on the website:
http://www.fice-inter.net/?page_id=2201. In case your CV has been published already you could update it with new information.

*1/ A music video to END violence against children: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkqZZmgE9hs&feature=youtu.be

2/ IFCO Pat Whelan Youth Fund offers conference discounts for care leavers: ?http://ifco.info/news-and-blogs/latest-news/ifco-pat-whelan-youth-fund-offers-conference-discounts-for-care-leavers

3/ New report explores community network approach to helping children: ?http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/news-and-stories/news/new-report-documents-community-network-approach-to

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