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PROJECT : Dignity  &  Wellbeing

WHY  does the solution to complex circumstances of
dignity & wellbeing seem 

OUTLINE of a workshop at the Rome conference, and for a
FEASIBILITY study into a European examination of individual casework


STARTING POINT Questions like the one above are being asked increasingly frequently by front-line workers, who are confronted with the complex and deteriorating problems of mentally-ill people (i.e. those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric pathology) who live neglected on the streets. Secondary, more specific questions focus on differences in context, legislation, service structures, traditions, and client characteristics..

RATIONALE  This could form the foundation of a workshop at the Rome conference, which explores the history, analyses the needs and causes, evaluates reactions, and finally sets out a range of effective responses for discussion with conference colleagues.

A preliminary study could be carried out to scope a feasibility for an action research project into exceptionally complex cases. The working hypothesis is, at this stage, that better outcomes might be achieved for these cases if one could establish criteria agreed as crucial by front-line workers, regardless of either context or resources. Not only would exchanges of ideas between front-line workers transform day-to-day practice, especially in relation to the more complex cases, but that transformation could only be brought about by such exchanges.

One could thus foresee a workshop called something like “European casework” which could lead into an Action research project into civic participation.

Suggestions, amendments and ideas would be gratefully received so that, if appropriate, a project could be drawn up to address this. The support of those who have worked in this field for many years will be vital, so that front-line workers in particular have at their disposal a variety of responses which are appropriate for the kinds of challenge which this work throws up on a daily basis.    The 2013 is the "Year of Citizenship” . 
Therefore SMES-Europa will propose the following way forward:

  1. Focus Those issues which I have set out above – and please feel free to either sharpen them, or substitute others – will be laid out in a table which will define the main points of:

    1. History – in relation to the health and dignity of those people who have multiple and complex needs, who are entrenched, and who refuse to engage

    2. Interventions – outcomes, and challenges

    3. Effective networks – collaborative working between practitioners, and sharing responsibility (rather than shunting it) between authorities 

    4. Citizenship – rights, and solidarity

  2. Analysis especially in relation to the 4 points above

  3. Comparison between different countries, in terms of both positive and negative results

  4. Priorities rather than solutions

In this way I hope that we will be able to address a wide range of questions from participants.

NB    The presentation of cases, and of interventions, must be concrete and concise




when the body speaks...

who will hear him ?    





The problem, despite national differences,


is European and, for this reason must be


placed at the centre of an urgent call for


awareness and deeper consideration


particularly with respect to the


development of a new political program at


a European level.