What are social support services?
Welfare states provide social support services to marginalised groups. Marginalisation can take various forms and be based on e.g. disability, education, gender, migration, poverty, and ethnicity. Social support services include guidance and supervision services (e.g. of youth with challenging behaviour), care (e.g. personal assistance, day care, foster care, adoption), safety and protection from abuse, neglect and exploitation (e.g. shelters, protected homes), legal or psychological counselling, advice, and representation of interests, physical or psychological rehabilitation, social (re) integration, mediation services, social inclusion through education programmes, mentoring, among others. Social support services are offered by public, private, and non-governmental providers.
Why are social support services important?
Social support services promote social inclusion, help individuals meet their needs, support equality and life chances, and support communities. Social support services can contribute to improve wellbeing and quality of life, create better opportunities, and reduce the individual risks of vulnerability as well as the dependency on the formal social protection systems. Social support services can therefore contribute to a fair and inclusive society.
What we offer:
The European Centre works with central and local level public authorities, service providers and organizations of civil society, international organisations, and fellow researchers to improve various aspects of social support services delivery. The European Centre has trained and experienced researchers for designing and evaluating social support services. We specifically offer research and policy analysis for social support services by: