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During one week, all participants in the Forum will bring out policy recommendations and good practices in terms of social street work. The Forum will be enhanced by moments of creative productions and festive moments. This meeting is resolutely intended to be participatory. Thus, we propose a Forum based on tools of collective intelligence.

Two approaches are overlapping in this programme: a thematic approach to the day (see below for more details) and a cross-cutting approach to content creation (policies, good practices and creativity) which will be formed from one day to the next over the course of the week.

Some examples of themes

  • Social street work, culture and artistic practices
  • Professional secrecy and ethics
  • Use and management of new technologies
  • The relationship of social street workers with the police, with the justice system
  • Social street work and social entrepreneurship
  • Social street work and informal education
  • Resilience of social street workers
  • What participation for our target audiences?
  • Prevention and social street work
  • The role of the community approach in social street work
  • Managing the concept of danger to workers
  • Being a woman social street worker
  • Welfare of social street workers
  • The means of hooking in the street
  • How to evaluate our actions?
  • How to do risk reduction?
  • The medical profession in the street with the SSW
  • Social and family mediation

And many other topics… We are counting on you

  • Public in situations of substance abuse
  • Social street work and addictions
  • Public in prostitution situations
  • Public in situations of homelessness
  • Specific strategies for getting in touch with girls in street situations
  • Unaccompanied foreign minors
  • Young adults
  • Youth exposed to violent extremism
  • Migrants and transmigrants
  • Children (and adolescents) in street situations… Or street children?
  • Working with individuals who are perpetrators or victims of violence
  • Between institutionalization and deinstitutionalization of children in street situations
  • Public and mental health
  • Public victim of human trafficking

And many other topics… We are counting on you

  • Impacts of Utility Failure
  • Migration policies
  • Environmental issues and social street work
  • Security Policies and Social Work
  • Resistance of social street workers to managerial logic
  • Political and professional recognition of social street work
  • Poverty alleviation, pauvrophobia, stigma and social exclusion
  • Fight against structural racism
  • Fight against Radicalization/Polarization Policy
  • Resistance to the tendency to make right-wing ideas prevail and budget cuts in the social sector
  • Access to basic rights for street children and the “child guarantee”
  • Safeguarding policies for children
  • General Comment N.21, issues and application

And many other topics… We are counting on you

Working blocks & methodological approaches

During these 5 days and following these principles, we propose an agenda divided into several working blocks, following different methodological approaches:

  • Exchange of practices times that will make up the majority of working time,
  • Time devoted to the holding of the Pilot Group, strategic meeting in the evolution of the Street Workers Network to which will be invited representatives of the member platforms of the international network,
  • Discussion times on the contexts and realities of social street work specific to the regions of the network: Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe,
  • Times of conferences/training,
  • Field visits with Belgian social workers,
  • Times of political demands: the closing of the Paroles de rue forum will take place in a location of great importance in terms of political issues to present the recommendations of the International Network formed during the week.

The Open Forum

For the 3 moments of exchange of practices, we will propose a methodological tool of collective intelligence «The Open Forum» whose animation will be ensured by the facilitators of Collectiv-a who will guide us in this participatory and innovative approach.

This methodological tool will allow us to:

  • To set the agenda on the spot from the questions that INTEREST you,
  • To exchange in workshop with other participants who have the same subjects at heart,
  • To make room for each subject,
  • Learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge in a climate of creativity, respect and responsibility,
  • Articulate and develop ideas, even establish priorities, or even plan for their implementation, and produce recommendations.

This exchange-based approach will give a place to all participants who would like to present and share a tool, an experience, a question, a reflection… Everyone will have their place, whether in a position of listening or proposing. You can come with prepared content to share, or improvise on site.

This methodology will lead us to the collective construction of the last day of political demands.

Pilot group, regional focus, conferences & trainings and field visits

The meeting times of the Pilot Group, of regional focus, of conference and training, of field visits will be planned and prepared in advance.

It is important to note that 34 young people from 17 European countries who have experienced street situations will be with us throughout the week and we will propose several specific activities that will be part of the joint programme.


Throughout the week we will have the pleasure of meeting informally and festively, to marvel at the artistic productions proposed by the participants and to immerse ourselves in the cultural and political richness of the Festival des Libertés  organized by Bruxelles Laïque…

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“This exchange-based approach will give a place to all participants who would like to present and share a tool, an experience, a question, a reflection…

Let’s work together to create and energise this participatory process from which we will all benefit!”

The collective organiser