Final conference : ICT and E-skills for Social Care

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„The ICT and e-Skills for Social Care Conference“ was organised by the CareNET project in the Brussels Press Club on 26 February 2014. It brought together social care professionals with policy-makers striving for responsive, competence-based and needs-oriented care systems. We invited practitioners, organisations and researchers to join the consortium in discussing what are the ways to open up the care-sector in the brave new world of digital inclusion.

Recordings and Detailed Programme available (click)

Online Conference (click)

Conference Review 1

Conference Review 2

Online Registration is closed. Registration was provided on site on 26 February.

Context of the Conference

Care-workers in home care and older persons are exposed to the risk of social exclusion as they are both often at the margins of society and likely to be the victim of exclusion in the fast-changing digital world. ICTs and associated competences have been shown to be a critical component in mitigating these risks of exclusion and helping to support an increased quality of life. The acquisition of digital skills is essential for both those in the care sector and families. In the family employment sector we find over half of all private individual employers aged 60 years old and over, and low-skilled women representing the majority of household employees.

Theme

In response to these pressing needs, the careNET project has identified key digital competences to support inclusion of care-workers in a new world of professionalisation and led on-the-job experiments with household carers in partnership with older people. The methodology led to competence-based learning paths and resources based on cooperative learning between care workers and care recipients to promote improved quality of care and quality of life through the acquisition of care related digital competences. In addition, to answer specific needs, learning modules for individual learning, addressing competences for employability and self-development (for care workers) and competences for active ageing (older people) have also been created. Learning centres were established and an online social network to support collaborative thinking of carers is being set up.

The Conference Topics

  1. the identified needs for professionalization of care workers;
  2. increased access to learning opportunities in the care sector;
  3. personal development of care workers;
  4. overcoming the isolation of older people;
  5. active ageing.

What happened during the conference?

The Conference opened with high profile keynote speakers from all around Europe elaborating on ICT skills in social care. Following the presentation of the CareNET project, participants had the opportunity to learn about the CareNET national cases including a showcase summary. To support networking and to create a possibility for other initiatives to collaborate, the CareNET showcase was followed by presentations and demonstrations of other similar initiatives’ results. Coffee breaks and buffet lunch were provided.

The entire conference was streamed live online via Adobe Connect.

Registration for participation

Registration and participation at the conference was free of charge. Online registration closed on 23 February.

Venue

The Brussels Press Club  is a  venue with a good atmosphere and where journalists can often be seen. Due to its central location (Schuman Metro stop) it’s easy to reach from all parts of Brussels.

Address:  Rue Froissart 95, B-1000 Brussels

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Martin’s Hotel
Silken Hotel
Crown Plaza Brussels
Aloft Brussels Schuman

From Airport: Brussels Airport Zaventem Transfer

Transfer by bus: There is a convenient (approx 3 Euros) shuttle bus (Line 12) from the airport to the City, get off at Schuman (approx 30 minutes). From the Schuman stop, at a roundabout, walk down the “Rue Froissart” towards “Place Jourdan” . In the middle of this street you will see on your left a big building with offices ( number 95 Rue Froissart). Enter the building and follow the sign saying ” Brussels Press Club”.

Transfer by taxi: A taxi from the Airport takes about 20 minutes and costs about 30-40 Euros.

Transfer by train: Take the shuttle from the airport to the Centre of Brussels to Central Station (Gare Centrale). The trains leave in intervals of approx. 15 minutes and cost 2.8 Euros. Then follow the instructions from the Train Station, via the Metro to Schuman.

From Train Station:

Central Station (Gare Centrale) via Metro to Schuman: At the Gare Centrale take the underground (Metro) in the direction of Stockel or Herrmann-Debroux. 5 stops on, leave the metro at Schuman.  From the Schuman stop, at a roundabout, walk down the “Rue Froissart” towards “Place Jourdan” . In the middle of this street you will see on your left a big building with offices (number 95 Rue Froissart). Enter the building and follow the sign saying ” Brussels Press Club”.

South Station (Gare du Midi) via Metro to Schuman: At the Gare du Midi take the underground (Metro 2) in the direction of Simonis and change at Arts-Loi (Kunst Wet), take the underground (Metro 1) in the direction of Stockel or Herrmann-Debroux. 5 stops on, leave the metro at Schuman. From the Schuman stop, at a roundabout, walk down the “Rue Froissart” towards “Place Jourdan” . In the middle of this street you will see on your left a big building with offices (number 95 Rue Froissart). Enter the building and follow the sign saying ” Brussels Press Club”.

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