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 125 member organisations in 33 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 

ESN organises the European Social Services Conference (ESSC) with the support of institutional and private partners. To find out about the most recent conference, please visit: http://www.essc-eu.org/ 

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

European Social Network ASBL is a not for profit organisation (No. 691597627) registered in Belgium.

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 2017. 

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