On 10-11 May 2016 in Vienna, Austria, the Child Protection Hub for South East Europe organised a Regional Policy Forum on Decentralisation of Social Services. This event brought together over 60 participants, including policy makers, local authorities, experts, ombudspersons, representatives of NGOs and academics from 14 countries of Europe to exchange experiences and foster cooperation.
The Policy Forum provided an important opportunity to share practices on decentralising social services in the region. Key lessons learnt and promising practices from the region, particularly in terms of the delegation of responsibilities, decision-making, monitoring and financing, helped to inform processes for improved service provision and develop recommendations for the future.
Participants worked hard for two days analysing decentralisation processes and their impact on social services, exploring lessons learnt with particular reference to services for vulnerable children, exchanging information and exploring priorities for future reforms in the interests of children across the region.
This report provides a summary overview of the Policy Forum and the outcomes from small group work and discussion. It will be accompanied by a longer, more analytical, synthesis report on decentralisation of social services in South East Europe, based on a number of country reports commissioned as part of the Forum process.