The European Social Services Awards are organised by the European Social Network (ESN) to recognise excellence in social services, shining a spotlight on successful approaches and the extraordinary ongoing work done by those managing, planning and delivering public social services across Europe.

Its aims are:

  • To identify and promote best practice in social services
  • To recognise excellent work done in the field
  • To encourage peers to work with and support each other in improving their practice
  • To promote innovation in social services in Europe
  • To engage the social services community at the awards ceremony


ESSA 2019

This first edition of the ESSA coincides with 20 YEARS of ESN as a network, building and exchanging knowledge in social services across Europe. As such, it will take place under a subject central to ESN’s work – Celebrating Quality in Care – also a key theme of the European Social Services Conference 2019 in Milan. The goal is to honour efforts to measure, manage and improve care quality over a variety of activities and target groups, from research to practice, from childcare to elderly care, and from carers to providers.



The entries, submitted in five categories, are shortlisted by a selected panel of experts and voted online. In line with ESN’s ethos of promoting peer relationships and a social service community, the ESN Excellence in Social Services Award will be voted live by all those gathered at the ceremony from the social service community across Europe.


Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will take place in Brussels in December 2019. Speakers will include representatives from public and private sectors, European and national levels. Representatives of the organisations selected for the awards and all participants will enjoy the opportunity to network with each other and partners of the European Social Network (ESN) over a three-course lunch.

Friday, 6 December 2019
Brussels, Belgium