Who we are

The European Social Network (ESN) is the network for local public social services in Europe.

ESN brings together people who plan, finance, research, manage, regulate and deliver local public social services, including health, social welfare, employment, education and housing.

ESN is a network of over 120 member organisations in 35 countries which comprise national associations of directors, departments of social welfare of government, regions, counties and municipalities, funding and regulatory agencies, universities and other research and development organisations.

We believe that social services must protect and support vulnerable people, uphold their dignity and independence, pursue excellence and innovation in social work, listen to service users and respond to their needs, and promote solidarity with people and their communities.

ESN is a non-profit charitable organisation, supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation “EaSI” (2014-2020). For further information, please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/social/easi 

European Social Network is a company limited by guarantee (No. 03826383) and registered charity in England and Wales (No. 1079394).

Find out more about our activities, map our members across Europe and gain insight into the work we do at EU level - download your copy of our Annual Review 2015. 

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