International Conference on Social Health, Education and Training – Roveroto – Italy 30-31 January 2015

Please see more information here .

Call for abstracts is online and the 1st deadline is 11. nov. 2014.

International Congress on Social Education in Portugal


“APTSES (Portuguese Association of Social Education Workers) is a professional association registered since 21th November 2008 that aims to promote and deepen associative spirit among social education workers, always representing their interests and ensuring their rights. We are currently organizing the fourth International Congress on Social Education, which is focused on “Deviant behavior and social reintegration” and will take place in Santarém (near Lisbon, Portugal) on 2nd and 3rd of October 2014. For further information and registration,  visit the website of the event: or contact APTSES at”.

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AIEJI seminar about Refugee Children – Rome 27th and 28th of September


As written in the latest newsletters AIEJI is working on a project concerning social educational work with refugee children. Working with these children, and their life conditions, will be the theme on a regional seminar in Rome 27th and 28th of  September. The Italian member organisation ANEP is the organizer of this seminar.

Please have a look at The presentation  for further information about the seminar.

Work abroad

Maria from Denmark wrote:

My name is Maria and I’m 26 years old. In January 2012 I graduated from college and got a bachelor degree in social education. After graduation I did volunteer work for two months at a camp for people with disabilities in Missouri, USA. After camp I got a job as a social educator here in Denmark. I have been working at an afterschool daycare since October 2013. I love working with children/adults with disabilities and is therefore looking for a job in that area.

I am interested in working in any country that has English as their main language, as I speak English fluently. In addition to that if any Spanish speaking country has a job where it is not required that you speak Spanish I am interested in that too.

Please contact me at this email address if interested:

Work in UK


Larisa from Rumania wrote:

I graduated from the Faculty of Law and Social Science, specialisation Social Worker, four years. I had practice in social work during the faculty at City Halls and different centers for abandoned children and children with dissabilities. In UK I look for a job in this field. Please contact me at you for your answer.


Congress in Moscow 7th and 8th October

From Antonina Dashkina – President of the Union of social of workers and social pedagogues of Russia:

Dear colleagues!

Union of social of workers and social pedagogues of Russia would like to inform you about Congress of social workers and social pedagogues which will take place 7-8 October of 2014 in Moscow. Congress of social workers and social pedagogues is organized every 4 years, it has much bigger format than Forums (organized every year) or conference and usually helps to raise profile of the profession.

Usually the Congress hosts up to 1000 participants from all areas of Russia including the most remote ones (we in our country have 85 subjects of the Federation).

This year the event is very important. Hopefully we will have an honor to have at the Congress members of the IFSW and AIEJI Boards, other social workers from all over the world.

You can arrive to Moscow 6th of October, spend 2 days working at the Congress and to have one day – 9th of October for sightseeing in Moscow.

The conference fee is 250 Euros per person ( includes transfer from and to the airport, 2 lunches, sightseeing tour, services of interpreters, support with visa invitation)

Please consider this invitation. Your participation at the Congress is very important for Russia Social Work

With respect

Antonina Dashkina, President of the Union

Тел./факс: (499) 766-94-63



Please see:

Draft Programme

 IV Congress of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues of Russia

“Social Welfare, Human Rights and Dignity: the role of social

services, socially-oriented NGOs and business”.

 Dates: 7- 8 October, 2014


  7th October

 Time – 11.00 – 16.00

 Eleven workshops will be organized on the 7th of October to allow participants to discuss issues in groups. The Code of Ethics of the social workers and social pedagogues will be discussed at each of the workshops along with the declared topics.


 1. The new Federal Law of the Russia on development the social services for citizens in the Russian Federation: potentials of the law in a context of structural changes in social sphere, problems of its specification in different regions in the Russian Federation.

Venue: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

 2. Federal Programme of Russian Federation   “Accessibility for disabled people in Russia: implementation, challenges and achievements”.

Venue: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

 3. Social protection of families, motherhood and childhood – modern approaches.

Venue:Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

 4. Independent evaluation and assessment of the social services: quality control, rating of social institutions, mechanism for non-profit and public organizations involvement.

Venue: Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation

 5. “The National Strategy for Action for Children 2012 – 2017″ – regional experience

Venue: The Foundation for Supporting Children in Difficult Situations

6. Boards of Trustees in all social institutions of Russia as a new mechanism of public participation, control and improving quality of the services for vulnerable groups.

Venue: The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation

 7. Action Plan of the Council of Europe to promote the rights and participation of people with disabilities in everyday life activities – discussion on the implementation, the role of NGOs and volunteers and challenges in the employment of people with disabilities.

Venue: Council of Europe Office in the Russian Federation

 8. The National standards of professional qualifications and professional competence in social sphere.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Training for Specialists in the Social Sphere

 9. Professional Education in the Social Sphere: experience and perspectives of development

Venue: The Russian State Social University

 10. Regional models of the development of social pedagogy: improving the status and prestige of the profession.

Venue: The Public Chamber of the Russian Federation

 11. Promoting competition and expansion of socially orientated NGOs and busenesses on the market of social services.

Venue: Office of the Public organization “Business Russia”


8th October

Time – 10.00 – 18.00                     

Plenary Session of the Congress 

Expected speakers

First part of the day

Prime-Minister of Russian Federation Mr Dmitry Medvedev

Minister of Labour and Social protection of Russian Federation Mr Maxim Topilin

Members of Russian Parliament

Members of Federal Council

General Secretary of IFSW Dr Rory Truell ( Switzerland)

President of International Association of Social Pedagogues Benny Andersen ( Denmark )

Rector of Global School for social work Prof Tiong Tan Singapore

Second part of the day

Presentation on outcomes of the workshops

Heads of the workshop groups

Closing ceremony

Venue: Column Hall of the House of Unions, B. Dmitrovka, 1

 House of Unions – one of the historical landmarks of the capital, classical building. Built in the XVIII century, it looks great today. Architect talent, skill builders and anxious care about this miracle of architecture and allow now consider this old manor jewel of historic Moscow, fitting into a modern city

Gorgeous interiors, the atmosphere of this antiquity, convenient location in the city centre are attracting new fans of true beauty. Halls of the House of Unions remember the greatest masters of the world stage, prominent figures in politics, science and culture.

House of Unions is only five minite walk from the Red Square

Please see about registration below:

Registration form (to be sent to me, Antonina Dashkin: )

  • Your name and family name.
  • Citizenship :
  • Country of residence :
  • Date of birth :
  • Place of birth :
  • Sex – male, female :
  • Number of your passport and date of issue:
  • Date of expiry of your passport:
  • Place of work ( address, tel., fax, e-mail, full name of your company);
  • The aim of the visit : Congress of social workers and social pedagogues of Russia, Moscow
  • Date when you will enter and will leave Russia :
  • Place where you will collect your visa ( city where there is a Russian Consulate):

To have your official invitation from the Russian government please sent us filled form and copy of your passport (the page with photo and your name )

2 weeks before your travel Russian Consulate of your country will get a telex number  ( the number and confirmation will be sent to me as well ) which is in fact is confirmation of your invitation.

You then may go to the Consulate with the prepared documents necessary for obtaining your visa ( check on the Consulate site what you will need to have ready)

In your visa application you will need to state that you are invited by Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.


The UN World Refugee Day on June 20

Remember this day!

It honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violonce. It is a day to recognize the contributions of refugees in their communities.

Making a difference working with children and young people


The Danish institution SFI holds the 13th EUSARF-conference 2.-5. September 2014 in Copenhagen. EUSARF is the largest European international forum for research about professionel work with vulnerable children and young  people.

The superior question for the conference is: What social efforts make a difference for vulnerable children and young  people?

Read more and register:


Call for abstracts:


ANEP National Congress in Chieti, Italy, 09 May 2014

Maria Rita Venturini from ANEP in Italy has this announcement about their National Congress:


ANEP National Congress in Chieti, Italy, 09 May 2014

I luoghi dell’Educatore Professionale: i diritti delle persone fragili, il lavoro, la formazione

Places of Social educator: the rights of vulnerable people, work, training

The 2014  Italian National Congress  will address the role of the social educator  working with vulnerable people.

The Social Educators in Italy, as in the other Countries, work in different  areas of intervention:   social, health  and penitentiary.

The areas are different but the professional core is the same and training must meet the need uniqueness of this profession

For more information, registration and downloading the programme, please visit ANEP.  Congresso Nazionale 2014.

 congresso 2014 manifesto


From Benny Andersen: Newsletter + Presidents Report


Dear all of you

Easter has passed and in my part of the world summertime is getting close.

But the sun already came to me in the beginning of April, in Zaragoza in Spain: Three days of great experiences with people in and connected to AIEJI: 4th of April we had the AIEJI board meeting, and 5th of April we had a special meeting of General Assembly followed by a European Symposium of Social Educators’ – with a focus on the professional qualifications directive and common principles of training.

I’m happy to say that I at the special meeting of General Assembly was reelected as the president for AIEJI. It’s an honour for me to continue this work and I’m looking very much forward to cooperate about important issues.

Lars Steinov from Denmark who has been the General Secretary for AIEJI in many years chosed to stop as a board member. Luckily he’ll still be active as a resource person especially concerning the NGO position in European Council. Also treasurer Thomas Vollmer from Switzerland chosed to stop as a board member, and Marco Corrente from Italy did the same.

At the General Assembly I thanked for their great work but in this newsletter I also want to emphasize that their initiatives and support has been of special value for AIEJI.

Ellen Galaasen from Norway was elected as the new General Secretary and Daniela Duff from Switzerland as the new treasurer. Lorenzo Lucarelli from Spain was elected as a new board member, and also Maria Kholodtsova from Russia – as Regional officer of the Russian/Asian Bureau.

Ney Moraes Filho from Brazil was reelected as regional officer of The Latin American Bureau, Emmanuel Grupper from Israel as regional officer of The Middle East Bureau, and Maria José Calderon from Spain as regional officer of The European Bureau. Also reelected was Claudio Desanti from Uruguay, Elena Molteni from Italy and Honoré Gregorius from Luxembourg.

I welcome the new board members and I’m happy to say that I’m looking very much forward to work together with both new and old board members!

As the last thing I’m happy to inform all of you that the proposal of new by-laws of AIEJI were decided at The General Assembly. I believe that this will make a very positive difference for AIEJI. Below you can read about the proposal, and also the project work in AIEJI, in the presence of my report as part of the standing order at the General Assembly.

I wish you all the best and hope for and believe in years of great work in AIEJI.

Kind regards

Benny Andersen


Report from the president April 2014

New by-laws and formulated job description an working routines for the board

At the General Assembly in Luxembourg in April 2013 it was decided to work for new principles for the composition and tasks of AIEJI’s board and board members.

The aim was, and is, to reach the objective of extending the knowledge of social educational work methods, and develop AIEJI to be a stronger voice and a stronger organization, which can be used by educational organizations and individual social educators across the world.

It was, and is, estimated that it is necessary that the work of AIEJI to a higher degree is based upon organizational members. It is necessary that the output of AIEJI becomes less dependent on individual contributions and individual members. It is necessary, instead, that regional and national social educational organizations take ownership of what happens in AIEJI and become active partners of AIEJI.

At the General Assembly it was decided that the board should be much smaller based primarily on category A members and a maximum of one person per country, and that all (functioning) regions are represented on the board.

At the next board meeting, Barcelona June 2013, a brain storm concerning the matter were initiated. A working group was settled and the group communicated about amendments to the by- laws and formulated working routines for the board. A proposal was discussed at the following board meeting, Madrid November 2013. A few specifications were decided and worked in. The formulated working routines was published at the AIEJI website .The proposal to new by-laws was sent to AIEJI members 5th of February 2014 together with the standing order business.

Project work: Refugee children and persons with mental disorders

At the General Assembly in Luxembourg in April 2013 it was decided for the next congress period to put work in to two projects: Refugee children and persons with mental disorders. At the board meeting in June 2013 the board decided to start with the project about refugee children. A project group was set up, with a project leader and a coordinator.

At the board meeting in November 2013 a project plan was presented and commented. The focus of the project is social educational work with unaccompanied refugee children, the most vulnerable group. Around 20 countries have filled out questionnaires of mainly quantitative character. Three qualitative interviews with social educators are being prepared. Data will be taken together and a report will be made.

A seminar in Italy in September 2014 is being organized, one in Israel in November 2014, and one in Brazil in 2015.

The project concerning social educational work with persons with mental disorders will start up at the beginning of 2015.

The profession of Social Education in Europe – a comparative survey

This survey has been initiated by the Spanish AIEJI member organization CGEES. The survey underlines a European variation regarding the different educations and understandings of the profession and terminologies, where different historical, cultural and social factors play a role.

The survey gives a needed overview of the profession in Europe and a platform to discuss and promote the profession in the context of the European Union.

(The survey is published here




















AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

The president’s Report 2013

In the President's Report 2013 you can read about the activities of AIEJI in the last congress period as well as the ideas for the coming work programme in 2013 - 2017.

Download the report here.