Amsterdam 2004

Agenda for the CE-meeting in Amsterdam on Friday 30 January 2004

Starting time 09.00 p.m.

Address: SaC-Amstelstad
Fred Roeskestraat 73
1076 EC Amsterdam
Tel. 0031 (0)20 540 05 05

Participants: Theo Binnendijk, Rolf Widmer, David Lane, Martti Kemppainen, Anton Tobé (CE-members)
Roland Stübi, Famke Schiff

1. Announcements

2. Minutes of the CE meeting in Roskilde on 2 October 2003 (enclosure)

3. Proposal Office manager (enclosure)

4. Membership:
- France: start of RNCE (enclosure of Daniel Collombet)
- South Africa: (enclosure: letter of Merle Allsopp)
- Tsjechie (enclosures: email from Ales Hrdlicka and letter of Jiri Hart)
- India (enclosure)

5. Sources of finance

6. Finances

7. Projects FICE International
- Evaluation of Research Proposals and Support of Project (enclosure by Ewan Anderson)
- Educateurs sans frontières
- Friendship Camps
- PEP
- Partnerships with other international organisations
- Baltic
- Francophone Africa
- Northern America and Australia
- Collections of policies concerning childcare
- Experts in the extra familial care and education of children
- Childrens rights in institutions
- Collection of successful projects
- Ethical Code

8. FC Meeting in Bulgaria in May 2004
- Presence of translators

9. Congress in Glasgow in 2004

10. Preparations Congress in Sarajevo in 2006

11. Friendship camp South East Europe in August 2004 (enclosure by Roland Stübi)

12. Website
- Announcement of David Lane concerning his intention to retire from FICE activities

13. PR / Information FICE International
- Questionnary
- Annual report of national sections
- 60th anniversary (enclosure by Martti Kemppainen)

14. Honorary Presidents

15. Proposal to develop an International Dictionary for the Social Professions (enclosure by David Lane)

16. Membership ENQASP
- minutes of the meeting on 17 October 2003 (enclosure)

17. FICE Europe


Minutes of the meeting on 17th October, 2003 in the hotel “Jardins de Paris, Alésia-Montparnasse, Paris


Participants: Thomas Bremer, CESSNET
Sören Hegstrup, FICE
David N. Jones, IFSW
Hansjörg Keller, IFSW
Christine Labonté-Roset, ASFH, for EASSW
Sieglinde Machocki, ASFH
Nol Reverda, MACESS
Claire Roelli, ÉÉSP
Isidor Walliman, FH Basel, for EASSW

Start: 10 a.m. End: 5 p.m.

Chairwoman: Christine Labonté-Roset


Agenda item 1: Welcome, decision about the final agenda

Mrs Labonté-Roset welcomes the participants and recommends a round of introductions.

Hansjörg Keller (IFSW) and Sören Hegstrup (FICE) participate for the first time in a meeting of ENQASP.
Mr Hegstrup presents FICE (Fédération Internationale des Communautés Éducatives): The International Federation of Educative Communities was founded under the auspices of UNESCO in 1948. It has developed into an international forum of practitioners and academics for the exchange of experience in the field of care and education for children and young people both within and outside their families. FICE is engaged in all aspects of child and youth care – across international borders. It is a non-governmental organisation maintaining consultative status with UNESCO, the Council of Europe UNICEF and ECOSOC. FICE consists of member organisations structured in various ways in more than 30 countries. Generally they include establishments such as residential homes and other child care units, schools and workshops for disabled persons, education and training centres for professional staff. FICE seeks to promote all facets of child and youth care by i.e. arranging international exchanges and professional development of staff. Mr Hegstrup points out that he is also engaged in CICE (Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe), a Thematic Network supported by the European Commission’s ERASMUS Programme, which brings together some 90 University Departments in 29 different European countries, all with an interest in the education of the professionals who work with children and young people and in their social, economic and political learning. Finally Mr Hegstrup hands out information leaflets to the participants and stresses that FICE is interested in taking part in ENQASP.
The IFSW has not yet decided to become a member of ENQASP.
Mrs Labonté-Roset reports, that AIEJI has recently passed the resolution to join ENQASP. FESET and EASSW are members, CESSNET declared at the meeting in Berlin that it will participate.
The proposed agenda is acccepted.


Agenda item 2: Minutes of the Copenhagen Meeting

The minutes of the Copenhagen Meeting are accepted with two modifications:
1. The name of Monica Eagen is written correctly: Monica Eager.
2. IFSW means in French: Fédération internationale des travailleurs sociaux.


Agenda item 3: Legal base of ENQASP-Proposal for a contract

The proposal for a contract was sent to all the members. The following alterations are suggested and accepted:
• In the whole document EWIV = Europäische Wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung will be translated EEIG= European Economic Interest Grouping.
• ENQASP should be a EEIG with limited liability, because in an EEIG the liability of members is personally unlimited. To take no risk it seems to be safer to limit the liability.
• ENQASP should accredit bachelor and master study programmes in social professions with an international orientation in a European context (Article 2.2), to be not eurocentristic.
• The membership criteria of ENQASP are not clarified sufficiently by article 3, 2, because it would allow McDonalds to be a member. Detailed preconditions of the membership should be defined by the lawyer.
• The “important causes” (Article 3,3) to expulse a member must be defined also.
• The period of notice should be six months before the beginning of the financial year.
• Article 4, 1 is put better: ” The members shall pay once an amount of 4.000 € on signing the contract at the beginning of the financial year.(...)”
Exceptions are possible. Therefore it is added: “The membership assembly has the power to change the fee in individual cases.”
• Article 4,3: Which statutes are meant? The statutes are consisting in this contract. - The term of office is reduced to two years. (Article 10, 3)
• Article 5,1: The order has changed: 1 The membership assembly, 2 The executive
• Article 5,1: Every member organisation should be represented by two persons, but it has only one vote!
• Article 6,1: Three weeks are too short, six weeks.
• Article 6,4: One aspect should be added as
o) decision about success of the accreditation process.
• Article 6,10: The membership Assembly will decide on the next meeting place.
• Some aspects must be added: 1 Auditing 2 Annual report 3 Financial control.

A first version of the modified contract is added to these minutes in the addendum.


Agenda item 4: Proposal of Claire Roelli concerning structure and criteria of ENQASP

Corresponding to the contract the structure has to be modified: The “Accreditation Board” will be the “Membership Assembly”.
Mr Reverda gives his notes to Mrs Machocki, who will go over the text together with Mrs Roelli.
Mr Bremer points out, that students cannot fulfil all the criteria defined in the draft “Criteria for Members of the ENQASP-Review Committees.

Agenda item 5: Application for accreditation at the German Accreditation Council

The application for accreditation at the German Accreditation Council has to be modified corresponding to the contract, too. It is mentioned, that their is an unprecise variation of expressions as “Universitäten und Fachhochschulen (Sozialarbeit)”, “im Bereich Sozialarbeit”, etc. Correctly it should be “ im Bereich sozialer Berufe”.


Agenda item 6: Next meeting date/place

5 th of March 2004, Alicante

Minute taker: Sieglinde Machocki
machocki@verwaltung.asfh-berlin.de


Addendum:

1. Draft

Of the European Network for Quality Assurances in Study Programmes in Social Professions (ENQASP) with the legal status of the Europäische wirtschaftliche Interessenvereinigung (EWIV) (European Economic Interest Grouping EEIG).

Article 1
Name and seat

The European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG)) shall bear the name of "European Network for Quality Assurances of Study Programmes in Social Professions – EEIG (ENQASP-EEIG)". Its seat shall be Berlin.

Article 2
Purposes

(1) ENQASP shall be an independent accreditation agency. It shall strive for being acknowledged by the accreditation council of the Federal Republic of Germany.

(2) The objective of ENQASP shall consist in accrediting bachelor and master study programmes in social professions with an international orientation in a European context. The purpose of this certification is to guarantee consistent quality standards and the comparability of these study programmes within Europe.

(3) ENQASP may also act as monitoring for developing new programmes and study courses in social professions.

(4) Study programmes shall be evaluated on application of the HEI and ENQASP shall charge fees for the evaluation. Details shall be regulated by rules of procedure.

Article 3
Members

(1) Members of ENQASP-EEIG are:

AIEJ I = International Association of Social Educators
CESSNET = Comparative European Social Studies Network
EASSW = European Association of Schools of Social Work
FESET = Formation d’Educateurs Sociaux Européens/European Social Educator Training
FICE = International Federation of Educative Communities
(ICSW = International Council of Social Workers)
(IFSW = International Federation of Social Work)

(2) Legal persons of public and private law who support and promote the work of ENQASP intensely may become members, too, provided the detailed preconditions are fulfilled. The right of admitting new members shall lie with the Membership Assembly.

(3) Membership shall be terminated by a written statement of withdrawal or expulsion for important causes. It shall end automatically with the dissolution of ENQASP. Upon withdrawal the membership shall end with the end of the financial year. The declaration of withdrawal must be submitted six months before the beginning of the financial year in which it is supposed to become effective and it must be addressed to the Executive.

Article 4
Financing

(1) The members shall pay once an amount of 4.000 € on signing this contract at the beginning of the financial year. Decisions on any further financial obligations or on exceptions shall be made by the membership assembly.

(2) Any further income of ENQASP shall be generated by its activities.

(3) Further, ENQASP shall be entitled to accept other finance (donations, allocations, etc.) provided the purposes these are to serve conform with its statutes (Which statutes ???) and do not impair its independence.

(4) The financial year shall be the calendar year. The first partial financial year shall end on…..

(5) The finance must be used only for the purposes described in the statutes. Individual persons must not be favoured by expenses which do not conform with the purpose of ENQASP-ENWIV or by unreasonably high expenses.

Article 5
Bodies

The bodies of ENQASP-ENWIV are:

1. the Membership Assembly 2. the Executive
.

Article 6
Membership Assembly

(1) The Membership Assembly shall be summoned twice a year by the Executive with a period of six weeks with a simple letter to the last known addresses of the members.

(2) The Executive shall be obliged to summon the Membership Assembly immediately if this is required in the interest of ENQASP or if at least half of its members require it in writing mentioning also the purpose and reasons for their requirement.

(3) The proposed agenda shall be enclosed in the invitation.

(4) The main tasks of the Membership Assembly shall be:

a) consultation for the Executive;
b) nomination and appointment of the experts for the
accreditation procedures;
c) resolution on the main principles of the business policy;
d) approval of the economic plan for the next financial year;
e) approval of the year-end financial statements;
f) acceptance of the report of the Executive and release of the latter;
g) election and withdrawal of members of the Executive;
h) approval of the rules of procedure for the Executive;
i) election of the members of the Advisory Board;
j) approval of real estate transactions;
k) approval of amendments of the statutes;
l) resolution on applications for membership in ENQASP-EEIG;
m) resolution on protests of members against their exclusion from ENQASP-EEIG by the Executive;
n) resolution of dissolving ENQASP-EEIG
o.) decision about success of the accreditation process.

(5) Each member shall have one vote. The Membership Assembly shall adopt its resolutions with the majority of the members present. In deviation from this resolutions on the following items shall require a majority of two thirds of the members present:
a) amendments of the statutes with exception of new tasks of ENQASP;
b) resolutions on the admission of new members;
c) resolutions on the protest of a member against its exclusion;
d) election and dismissal of the Executive or one of its members;
e) resolution on the dissolution of ENQASP-EEIG.

Only the following resolutions require unanimous vote:
a) amendments of the tasks of ENQASP;
b) changes of the number of votes per member;
c) amendments of the conditions for adopting resolutions;
d) changes of the fee for financing ENQASP.

(6) Resolutions made in writing shall become effective only with the written approval by all members.

(7) The Membership Assembly shall elect from among its ranks a chairperson for a term of three years. The chairperson may be re-elected. The resolutions of the Membership Assembly must be laid down in minutes which must be signed by the chairperson and the keeper of minutes who is appointed for each meeting. The members and the Executive shall receive one copy of the minutes each.

(8) The chairperson of the Membership Assembly shall appoint the Executive.

(9) The Membership Assembly shall have a quorum if more than half of the members are present. It shall make its resolutions with majority vote provided no qualified majority is required by law or by the statutes.

(10) The Membership Assembly will decide on the next meeting place.

Article7
Executive

(1) The Executive shall consist of one or more members. If the Executive has more than one member each of them shall have sole representation.

(2) The rights of the Executive vis-à-vis third parties shall be limited to the extent that real estate transactions or transactions with a similar character shall require the approval of the Membership Assembly.

(3) The Executive shall adopt rules of procedure which require the approval of the Membership Assembly if the Executive has several members.

Article 8
Tasks of the Executive (??? Article 2)

The Executive shall be responsible for the current business of ENQASP according to law, the statutes of EEIG and the resolutions adopted by the Membership Assembly. This shall include in particular the preparation and carrying out of evaluations and/or accreditations of European study programmes in social professions or those with a European orientation on the basis of the applications submitted by the institutions of higher education. Further the tasks include consultation services for the training institutions and preparation of the Membership Assembly.

Article 9
Term of the Executive

The Executive shall be elected and appointed for a term of two years. Re-election and appointment shall be possible.

Article 10
Advisory Board

(1) ENQASP may establish an Advisory Board with a maximum of seven members for providing advise to the Membership Assembly and the management with respect to choosing experts and for the evaluation procedure. The Advisory Board shall consist of respected scientists and persons with practical expertise from the member states of the Council of Europe (CoE).

(2) The members of the Advisory Board shall be elected by the Membership Assembly and appointed by the chairperson of the Membership Assembly. They may be nominated by the members, the Executive and respective scientific organisations of member states of the Council of Europe (CoE-countries).

(3) The term of office shall be two years. The members of the Advisory Board may be re-elected.

(4) The Advisory Board shall elect a chairperson from among its members. The management shall produce minutes of the meetings of the Advisory Board which shall be signed by the chairperson and one member of the Advisory Board. These minutes shall be presented to the Membership Assembly for its information.

Article 11
Dissolution of the EEIG

ENQASP may be dissolved by a resolution of the Membership Assembly with a two thirds majority vote by the end of the subsequent financial year. The Executive shall have the task of winding up business as fast a possible and implement the dissolution.


Dear Colleagues,

In 2008 FICE will celebrate its 60th anniversary.
I find that it would be a good idea to prepare the
anniversary is to draw up a (scientific) publication
on the history of our organisation. As you know,
the version we have now was published in 1988.

Drawing up a good quality history is a time-consuming
process. Also finding financing for such a project as
well as persons to do the job may well take its time.
Consequently, in case the idea is supported, I find
that it is high time to start the work.

I propose to include this issue in the agenda of
the EC to be held in January in Amsterdam.

With best regards

Martti Kemppainen
Vice-President


Proposal to Develop
an International Dictionary
for the Social Professions

1 Several years ago FICE put together a Glossary of terminology relating to services for children and young people. It was produced by a Working Group of FICE members in the three FICE languages, English, French and German, and Dutch was added later. This Glossary is available on the FICE website (www.FICE-Inter.org) but it is now in need of updating.

Proposal

2 Following discussions about ways of updating the Glossary, it is proposed that a different approach should now be taken as follows :

(a) The work should be undertaken on a paid basis, rather than as a voluntary exercise.

(b) The Dictionary should be expanded to cover all social professions.

(c) The Dictionary should commence by using the English-German Dictionary prepared by the Universities of Hull and Fachhochschule Frankfurt as a basis.

(d) The Dictionary should be expanded progressively to incorporate all the main languages of Europe.

(e) The finished work should be available on the web as well as in hard copy. It should then be capable of continual updating, and hard copies could be printed as required for any combination of the languages available.

(f) In addition to the Dictionary, a companion volume should be published which considers a limited range of key concepts in depth, in order to identify the significance of terms more fully and clarify the differences in the ways in which they are used in different countries.

(g) An Advisory Committee should be established, to manage, advise on and monitor the work as it proceeds, and to be responsible for its promulgation on completion.

(h) Funding should be sought from the European Union or Council of Europe in order to finance the exercise properly.

(i) In order to seek funding, a Consortium of interested organisations should be established.

Phases

3 The task needs to proceed through the following phases :

(a) The proposal needs to be endorsed within FICE. For this purpose I am circulating this document in draft to the following members (with whom I discussed the proposal in Roskilde) :

- Theo Binnendijk
- Emmanuel Grupper
- Christine Karner
- Joseph Kock
- Helga Stefanov
- Rolf Widmer

I will build in any comments I receive by the end of November, and will then send the amended document to Theo Binnendijk for Presidential approval.

(b) If approved, I will then approach representatives of the organisations which might wish to be partners in the project and other individuals who might be interested to participate as members of the Advisory Committee, with the request that they express their interest in principle before the Executive Committee meeting in January 2004. Any amendments to the proposal put forward by potential partners could then be considered by the CE.

(c) Following the CE, organisations would be asked formally to become members of the Consortium. Some funding would be needed for the Consortium to hold a meeting, though thereafter business would probably be conducted by telephone and email. At this meeting, the Consortium would confirm its constitution, decide on its structure and working methods, and select its Chair and any other office holders. (I am prepared to take the proposal forward to that point, but believe that thereafter the control and responsibility should be vested in the Consortium.)

(d) The Consortium would put a bid together for funding, to be sent to the European Union, Council of Europe or other appropriate organisation.

(e) Assuming that funding were obtained, workers would be selected to undertake the actual preparation of the Dictionary and its companion volume. The project would also need to be managed if it were to cover several languages. (It has been suggested that a school which trains interpreters should be invited to be a partner in the Consortium, and that the work could be undertaken by the school’s students as an exercise, to be managed by the school.) An Advisory Committee would be set up, accountable to the Consortium, to be made up of professionals working in the field of services for children and young people from all the countries whose languages are covered by the Dictionary.

(f) The Consortium would authorise the publication of hard copy Dictionaries as they were prepared. If the use of the web is accepted, the Dictionary could be put on the web in stages as it is prepared, and there would be no need to await completion of the full text before making material available on the web.

(g) The Consortium would be responsible for publication of the Dictionary, both on the web and in hard copy, and for publicising it to ensure its widespread use.

Consortium and Advisory Committee

4 The following organisations should be approached to become Consortium members in addition to FICE :

- AIEJI
- FESET
- IFSW
- University of Hull
- Fachhochschule Frankfurt
- other universities?
- a school for interpreters?

5 The following individuals should be invited to participate in the Consortium or its professional Advisory Committee :

- Greta Bradley University of Hull (involved in producing the English-German Dictionary)
- Chantal Cornier FICE (IFTS Grenoble-Echiroles, to represent French-speaking countries)
- Emmanuel Grupper FICE / AIEJI
- David Jones IFSW (or A. N. Other from IFSW)
- Wilhelm Kahl Fachhochschule Frankfurt (involved in producing the English- German Dictionary)
- Christine Karner FICE (Interpreter)
- Joseph Kock FICE (or A. N. Other from IGfH, to represent German-speaking countries)
- Leo Ligthart FICE (involved in producing the FICE Glossary)
- Robert Soisson FICE (involved in producing the FICE Glossary)
- Helga Stefanov FICE / FH Campus Wien (Interpreter)
- Wolfgang Strehse ? (involved in producing the English-German Dictionary)
- Rolf Widmer FICE (to advise on finance)


6 Further people would need to be involved in relation to specific languages. For example, in seeking advice on French terminology, advice would be needed in relation to the use of language in France, Belgium and Switzerland. These people would not need to be members of the Consortium or its core Advisory Committee.


7 In this proposal, it has been suggested that only European languages are covered by the Dictionary. This recommendation is based on the likelihood of funding coming from European organisations which would see the benefit in better international understanding and collaboration within Europe. However, there is a clear argument for covering other major world languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Urdu, as well as including American English usage. The project would of course be able to move on to these languages if funding were available.

8 I would suggest that the business of the Consortium is conducted in English for the sake of simplicity.

9 Corrections and comments on the proposal are welcome, to DCL@DavidLane.org


David C. Lane
Vice President, FICE-International

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