EUSW - European Platform for Worldwide Social Work
 
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28th August 2008

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The EUSW thematic network is structured into Working Groups to allow an easier achievement of the various objectives. Each Working Group is made up of network members who have agreed to make available their peculiar expertise to the whole network.
In this section you can find the structure of the EUSW Network.
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The DB is formed by the core founders (4 members) of the network plus the working group coordinators (8). At least 3 places of the board will be reserved to members from newcomer central European countries. The DB is responsible for the overall scientific management of the project. Additional invited members of the board will be one representative from the board of administrators and 1 senior professor.

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The board of administrators will work as to manage the budget available in relation to the foreseen activities as well as to guarantee transparency in the project financial issues. Continuous financial monitoring will be one of this board priorities.

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Evaluation Board
The Evaluation Board is formed by three (3) members of the Direction Board, one (1) member of the Board of Administrators and five (5) members from partner institutionns.

This group is responsible for the implementation and the monitoring of educational opportunities proposed, developed and carried out under the network trademark.

Training Courses and Professional Development for Social Work Actors
This output will be developed directly by the Educational Opportunities Group. These courses, mainly addressed to teachers and professionals, will be realised on a residential basis and will provide for developing a more Europe-focused type of training. Courses will last approximately 1 week and will be organised by the hosting institution, in cooperation with the educational opportunities Group and the Meetings and conferences group.

International courses in Social Work for European Students
The base of the Courses will be mainly on-line, using the Virclass platform, then developing into a short residential period (Summer Schools) organised in various partner institutions, as to favour a large access of students. Teaching materials, developed by the Publications Group, will be the learning basis for participating students.

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The Publications Group is responsible for all the publications carried out by the network as well as their distribution within and outside the network. All of the educational activities promoted by the network will mainly (but not only) adopt teaching materials developed inside the network. The expertise available guarantees the adequate level of quality to issue high-standard documents and textbooks. Results coming from research and case studies will be object of publications in order to favour a wide European approach to Social work as a discipline.

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This group is in charge of delivering updated information to all network members on what is going on inside the network. As already experienced during the previous network, publications constitute the scientific core of the network. They guarantee creation and cooperation among members and stimulate the development of new initiatives. Of course, research aspects will become more and more important to help the implementation of high-quality products. The extra-European basic nature of the network will also help towards the creation of materials that may try and explain a widely compared approach to Social Work, both as education and profession (kinds of interventions, different approaches, problem solving, comparative analysis of Social Work, etc.). Further initiatives will be consist of the publication of a variety of articles in specialised magazines and newsletters for all the network members.

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This group is responsible for the management of ODL - and web- related activities. From the network web site to the organisation of the existing platforms for on-line learning, this group will develop a network approach to new information technologies applied to social work. The new Web site will be the core product to enhance Social Work cooperation inside and outside the European territory. Specifically created forums will host discussions and exchange of opinions on all Social-Work-related issues. The site will be not only the place where all of the activities of the network will be visible to anyone, rather an open space for everything dealing with Social Work as a discipline. Under the responsibility of the "Web Enhancement and ODL Group", the site will offer teaching and learning materials, as well as access to the adopted e-learning platform and to sections for teachers and professionals where all network members will be able to start active and fruitful cooperation.

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Working in close cooperation with the Direction and Administration Boards, this Group is aimed at organise quality meeting meetings for the network members. As already experienced during the previous thematic network, a working group responsible for organising the meetings and venues is of key importance to guarantee a smooth running of the project. Working in close cooperation with the direction board and the administration board, this group is aimed to organise quality meetings for the network members. The selection of external experts, the meeting agendas, the meetings planning as well as their scheduling is of primary importance to keep interest alive and to fix sustainable events for the life of the network.

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Guaranteeing the pursue of the "Worldwide" section of the network name, this Group works towards the creation of a sustainable international dimension of the Network. Several new proposals in the framework of the various existing Programmes and Actions (not only at European level) will be submitted by network partners. As a possibility, the Networking and International Development Group will support whatever initiative may involve the expertise coming from inside the network. EUSW will further propose itself as a source for coordinating new projects.
These proposals will be mainly addressed to creating partnerships outside Europe, in order to enhance the "worldwide" aspect of the network.

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Social Work is an excellent discipline for both applied and base research. This group focuses on strengthening research opportunities inside and outside the network. Research is of primary importance for the successful achievement of the network aims. Due to the nature of the discipline itself, Social Work has a strong attitude towards applied research (analysis of case studies, collection of data, etc.). The Research Group will work to identify common research paths and will help to create research groups with common interests in order to favour the implementation of high-quality teams, then able to work on specific topics. The results will be then disseminated to all network partners to diffuse a "network" approach to specific problems.

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Applying Tuning methodology to all of EUSW educational offer requires a strong dedication and high competence. In respect of the indications suggested by the Commission and in the belief that Tuning is a project of primary importance, a specific Working Group will be in charge of cooperating with EU Tuning representatives in order to fully understand and correctly adopting the Tuning methodology in all of the network activities.

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Led by Prof. Anne Karin Larsen (Hogskolen i Bergen), Virclass Task Force is a EUSW group in charge of creating a virtual classroom in Social Work in Europe.
For more information visit http://home.hib.no/ahs/virclass.

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