Educational and social services of maresme

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award


The Maresme County Council exercises its powers in the territory of the region, which covers 30 municipalities. It is a young administration that has been committed since its establishment in March 1988 to a model of managerial and organisational management services. All local councils must have a regional action plan (PAC) which includes the services, activities and works to be carried out. The Maresme PAC has five main objectives: sustainability; mobility; communicability, social cohesion; and education. In the field of education, Maresme wants to be the leader in improving the quality of its schools, and in adapting its offer to the needs and specificities of its economy. To this end, the planning and management of schools should be much closer to the local reality. Maresme County Council made an assessment of monitoring services reality in Maresme schools in order to streamline, simplify and organise the service map. In this sense, a regulation of the service operation was approved, which defined overall objectives of the project, the qualified child and youth social and leisure activities monitor functions, structure and relationships between partners and public and private schools. It also created educational profile monitors, with specific functions to ensure quality monitoring services in order to tend to excellent work. A new management model was introduced based on a public-private partnership, with the creation of a mixed capital company, SESMAR, SL, which is responsible for provision and implementation of services. It also increased the stability and employability of SESMAR, SL staff, with more efficiency, optimising resources and reducing structural costs. An integral and absolutely innovative learning path was also introduced that ensures that SESMAR, SL staff achieve the educational skills of monitors. The specific courses consist of 108 hours of classroom theory and 100 practices in Maresme schools. Moreover, there is the possibility to complete a specific course for educational assistants through an online platform. This training was also open to the Maresme population, with special priority given to unemployed women.

The project has achieved the following objectives:

  • Increased number of educational and social services; Currently, SESMAR, SL is offering a service of home care for dependent people living in the region and a morning supervision service in schools, before classes start.
  • The number of persons employed in different services has been reduced. So, the project has reduced structural costs: on one hand intermediaries have been decreased as well as their business structures. On the other hand, the initial staff number has been also reduced, although the current monitors have extended their working hours.
  • Management level has increased in the two years of project implementation, while costs have remained stable.

Maresme County Council has designed a communication plan to publicise the service to schools and administrations of the region in order to expand the services offered and the number of centres in which County Council is working with the results obtained so far, and to present the project to other administrations who may be interested, such as different regional councils (42) and the Education Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Award info
Award category: smart public service delivery
Award type: submission
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Employment, labour related affairs and gender equality
Type of activity:
Keywords: Education, social, leisure activities monitor
Short English description: It is a young administration that has been committed since its establishment in March 1988 to a model of managerial and organisational management services.
Further information
Organisation: Maresme County Council
Other applicants:
Level of government: local level
Size of organisation: 50-100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: Spain
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
Start date:
End date:

Educational and social services of maresme (41.5379302, 2.438594)
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