Inclusive activation refers to policies supporting service users with multiple barriers in accessing the labour market. Social services have the statutory duty to support vulnerable citizens who are at risk of social exclusion, also by enabling them to enter the labour market. Together with other services, such as healthcare, employment, education and housing social services provide a personalised intervention promoting social inclusion.

Our Work With ESN members

In line with current developments at EU level on active inclusion, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the Social Investment Package, we launched a questionnaire in June 2018 to assess current policies and practices at local level. We are also organising a seminar in November and will publish a toolkit in early 2019. Our work will focus on how social services can support people furthest from the labour market to find and retain jobs through empowerment and autonomy. Target groups include people with disabilities, disadvantaged young people, people with mental illness, single parent households, migrants and refugees, long-term unemployed and homeless people.

Our Contribution to the European level

Through the questionnaire, the seminar and the toolkit we aim to collect practices to support social services professionals to promote community active inclusion of vulnerable groups. Beyond sharing good practices within our network, we aim to provide the European Commission with data and evidence of how local initiatives are addressing key social inclusion principles put forward by recent EU policy documents.



ESN resources

Realising potential: social services and active inclusion

Active inclusion & social investment: issues for social services

Public Consultation on Long-term Unemployment. A public social services response

ESN Policy Briefing on integration of long-term unemployed in the labour market


External resources

Commission Recommendation of 3 October 2008 on the active inclusion of people excluded from the labour market

EUROPE 2020 A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

A voluntary European framework for quality services

Social Investment Package

Council recommendation of 15 February 2016 on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market

European Pillar of Social Rights