About the Platform

Youth care, juvenile justice and social policies in general are not Europe’s legal competences.  But the impact of the EU is fast growing and broadening, extending also to the social and welfare policies.  This causes threads and opportunities for actors in the youth care sector and it urges them to act also at this EU-level.

Therefore care providers and social authorities active in the Youth Care sector in EU-member states are calling for a permanent European working group of actors in the youth care sector.  This group should gather national/regional/local authorities with legal responsibilities in this domain and professional service providers: governmental and non-governmental organisations and their umbrellas

The aim is to develop a permanent platform that leads to

  • regular cooperation and exchange between the working group members (through a yearly meeting and European funded projects?)
  • a long term strategy that aims to a permanent (and professional) representation at EU-level.  A part of this strategy is to explore strategic alliances with existing EU-networks.

In a first phase this working group will operate in the context of the ENSA-network.

The platform was launched during the ENSA-general assembly in Garda (IT) on 5th of September 2013. 120 participants from 11 member states attended the first meeting, along with a representative of the European Commission.

This document sets out the concept and future of the platform.  All organizations / authorities active in this field who want to contribute / to take part / to comment on the initiative or who want to receive an invitation to become member for the platform please contact jos.sterckx@kcse.eu.